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Govt IT system raises privacy concern

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/04/2017

A government IT system was shut down on Tuesday night because of concerns it could breach client privacy, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced.

She says her ministry told her about "a technical issue" with a portal where NGOs upload client data.

The MSD system uses a Department of Internal Affairs platform, and the portal is shared.

"No private information on clients was available," Mrs Tolley said in a statement.

"However, a provider was able to view another provider's folder.

"The system was shut down last night as a result... I've asked officials for advice on the next steps which will involve using a different IT platform that will be robustly tested."

Mrs Tolley says it's vital clients and providers have confidence their information is being protected.

"We will work with the Privacy Commissioner and the government's Chief Information Officer to ensure we get this right."

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