NZSIS accepts Inspector-General's recommendations

7 April 2016

The following statement is attributable to the Director of Security:

I welcome the report into NZSIS’s holding and use of information collected for security clearance purposes by the Inspector-General and I accept all of the recommendations.

NZSIS staff responsible for vetting are conscious of the sensitivity of vetting information and place emphasis on the importance of personal integrity and discretion. The Inspector-General acknowledges this in her report.

The report identifies that the culture within NZSIS, of treating information with the utmost sensitivity, could be supported with more robust systems. The recommendations in the report are aimed at improving systems for controlling and auditing access to vetting information.

The personal information obtained during the vetting process is very sensitive and it is important the appropriate safeguards are in place. Changes are already underway in the vetting area and implementing these recommendations will become part of a much larger piece of work to improve the vetting service. I am committed to strengthening our systems and processes.

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