The Government has created a new position of Government Chief Privacy Officer (GCPO).  The role of the GCPO is to lead an all of government approach to privacy and support agencies to meet their privacy responsibilities.  The GCPO will also be required to have "co-ordinated engagement" with the Privacy Commissioner.  The Government has already appointed Colin MacDonald as the Chief Information Officer (GCIO). 

The GCPO will fit into the existing regime of privacy in New Zealand under which the Ministry of Justice manages privacy policy and chief executives are accountable for privacy within State sector agencies.  It is not yet known what changes to the regime will follow the establishment of the GCPO, though the Privacy Commissioner's functions under section 13 of the Privacy Act may need to be expanded to include engagement with the GCPO.