Data and Statistics Bill

49 Statistician must be satisfied research is in public interest

(1)

In determining under section 48(1)(a) whether the proposed research is in the public interest, the Statistician may must take into account—

(a)

the nature and extent of any likely benefit to the public from the proposed research; and

(b)

the nature and extent of any likely contribution to the economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being of Māori (including iwi and hapū) from the proposed research; and

(c)

the nature and extent of any of the following risks arising from the proposed access:

(i)

risk of harm to Māori:

(ii)

risk of harm to an individual or organisation:

(iii)

risk to public confidence in the protection of the data.

(c)

the nature and extent of any risk to public confidence in the protection of the data or any risk of harm to any individual or organisation from the proposed access; and

(d)

the method by which the Statistician collected the data under section 22; and

(e)

to the extent practicable, information known to the Statistician about

(i)

the purpose for which the data was originally collected by the Statistician or the individual, public sector agency, or organisation that provided it to the Statistician; and

(ii)

any information provided to any individual, public sector agency, or organisation to which the data relates at the time of that original collection about the purposes for which the data might be used; and

(f)

any other matters that the Statistician considers relevant.

(2)

The Statistician may also take into account

(a)

the method by which the Statistician collected the data under section 22; and

(b)

to the extent practicable, information known to the Statistician about

(i)

the purpose for which the data was originally collected by the Statistician or the individual, public sector agency, or organisation that provided it to the Statistician; and

(ii)

any information provided to any individual, public sector agency, or organisation to which the data relates at the time of that original collection about the purposes for which the data might be used; and

(c)

any other matters that the Statistician considers relevant.