Story: Freedom of official information

Examining personal SIS files, 2009

This television news clip from 2009 shows Green MP Keith Locke examining his recently released Security Intelligence Service (SIS) personal file. The SIS is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1993. These acts enable members of the public to access documents the SIS holds on them, if there are no security or privacy concerns. From 2003 the SIS adopted a policy of supplying historical records 'regardless of whether the information reflects unfavourably on it or shows it in a good light.' (Summary of NZSIS archive policy.' New Zealand Security Intelligence Services, (last accessed 18 May 2012)

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Nicola White, 'Freedom of official information - From secrets to availability', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 March 2024)

Story by Nicola White, published 20 Jun 2012