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Most departments now encrypt shared data

Most departments now encrypt shared data
Most departments now encrypt shared data

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By Computerworld staff Auckland 
9 September, 2008

A February mandate from the Privacy Commissioner that government 
agencies encrypt data during transfer has now largely been met, Privacy 
Commissioner Marie Shroff says.

In February, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner reviewed how data 
was being transferred between government agencies and found many files 
were not encrypted for transfer by tape, CD or floppy disk. The 
commissioner then required the adoption of encryption =E2=80=9Cwithin a 
reasonable time frame=E2=80=9D.

Computerworld revealed in March that agencies such as the Ministry of 
Social Development, Immigration New Zealand and Land Transport New 
Zealand were among those transferring data without encryption.

Six months on, Shroff says only three agencies out of the 46 exchanging 
data do not encrypt their data during transfer.


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