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Copyright, disclaimer and privacy statements


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The information provided on this Ministry of Social Development website is intended to provide general information to the public and all reasonable measures have been taken to ensure that the information set out in this website is accurate. However, visitors to this website are advised that:

  • The information provided does not replace or alter the laws of New Zealand or any other official guidelines or requirements.
  • The contents of this website should not be construed as legal advice. Before relying on any information in this website users should independently verify its relevance for their purposes.
  • The Ministry may change, delete, add to, or otherwise amend information contained on this website without notice.
  • The Ministry is not responsible for the contents or reliability of any linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Linking is for convenience only and should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. The Ministry cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and has no control over availability of the linked pages.
  • The Ministry does not implicitly or impliedly endorse any website, organisation, or people who have off-site links to the Ministry’s website.

Privacy Statement

Our privacy notice outlines what we do with your personal information. This includes personal information collected by:

  • Work and Income
  • StudyLink
  • Senior Services
  • MSD Housing Assessment
  • Youth Service
  • Community Partnerships and Programmes.

The notice shares information about:

  • why we collect your personal information
  • how we use your personal information
  • when we share your personal information
  • how we keep your personal information safe
  • how you can access and change your personal information.

It also tells you how to make a privacy complaint and who to contact if you have a privacy question.

Responsible Disclosure guidelines

The Ministry of Social Development takes the security and privacy of our information seriously. We are introducing some Responsible Disclosure guidelines in an effort to raise our security awareness and to better work with the IT security community.

How we keep data private

Find out how we have changed the way we work with client information to ensure client confidentiality, while releasing the maximum amount of valuable data to the public.

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