PSA welcomes independent review into MSD data system


The PSA welcomes the independent review of the Ministry of Social Development’s individual client level data IT system, announced today by Minister Anne Tolley.

"We consider any security breach of IT systems to be a serious matter, particularly where that system holds material of such a sensitive nature," PSA National Organiser Glenn Barclay says.

"We will co-operate fully with any aspect of the investigation which involves the PSA or its members.

"However, if the security issues are resolved, this will still not overcome our objections to NGOs being required to provide data on their clients to MSD.

"We are worried that NGOs working with vulnerable families are being asked to share data of such a sensitive nature and not convinced the gains of doing so outweigh the risks.

"We note Minister Tolley’s statement that only 10 out of 136 government providers have taken up the opportunity to upload information to the system.

"Regardless of the findings of the review, we hope this gives the Minister pause to reflect on whether this system should exist at all."