The Privileges Committee has continued progress with its inquiry into the unauthorised disclosure of parliamentary and ministerial metadata during the Henry Inquiry into the leak of the Kitteridge Report on the Government Communications Security Bureau.
The Committee has heard from the Chairman of the New Zealand Law Commission, Grant Hammond, who submitted there should be a "guiding principles" approach rather than a "proprietary" approach to handling information. To that extent, the Privacy Act 1993 and the Official Information Act 1982 could be used as guides. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff's submission echoed this approach, and Ms Shroff said Standing Orders were more appropriate than legislation to govern this handling of information.
On the request of the Committee's Chair, Hon Christopher Finlayson, several overseas parliaments have made written submissions on information handling procedures in those institutions, and their views on how such procedures might generally be improved.
The Committee has indicated it will publish its report on the matter by the end of this week.