The Government has announced the creation of a Government Chief Privacy Officer ("GCPO"), signalling its intention to bring a stronger focus on privacy and security across government (more information available here). 

The GCPO will lead an all-of-government approach to privacy.  The GCPO's responsibilities will include providing leadership, assurance and advice on privacy issues, support to agencies to meet their privacy responsibilities, and coordinated engagement with the Privacy Commissioner.  

The GCPO will also give additional support to the Government Chief Information Officer, who is leading a two year programme to ensure New Zealanders have trust and confidence that their information is secure by improving information privacy and security practices in government.

The Government has stressed that state sector chief executives remain accountable for privacy in their agencies, and the Ministry of Justice will continue to manage privacy policy.