Justice warehouse to be used "statistically"

A data warehouse being planned by the Justice department to share accumulated data among departments connected with law enforcement will be used "mostly for aggregate purposes", says Ministry of Justice CIO Sandy Beattie.

A data warehouse being planned by the Justice department to share accumulated data among departments connected with law enforcement (New Justice CIO to oversee $1 million data warehouse) will be used “mostly for aggregate purposes”, says Ministry of Justice CIO Sandy Beattie.

It may contain individual records, but the information extracted from it will be statistical and used for research and policy development, says Beattie. The framework for the warehouse is still being devised.

The Privacy Commissioner will, however, be consulted as the system is evolved, says Beattie.

The data warehouse will establish a common repository for information derived from Police, Courts, Corrections and Land Transport Safety Authority activities, replacing the sharing of statistical files that used to happen on the old Law Enforcement System, familiarly known as the “Wanganui computer” though now sited with EDS in Auckland.

That is reaching the end of its life and the departments have separate IT systems now.

The sharing of operational information between departments, the kind of information likely to relate to individuals, has been handled as a separate project, with appropriate privacy consultation, Beattie says.

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