NZ: Identity Database To Be Opened To Private Businesses
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The Government’s database that is used to confirm identities will be opened to private businesses under a bill introduced to Parliament today.
Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy says they will be able to use the Data Validation Service to check the identity of customers, but only under strict conditions of security, privacy and integrity.
The Department of Internal Affairs holds identity information through the citizenship registers, the passports database and registers of births, deaths and marriages.
Any private agency like a bank or finance company that wants to use the service will have to enter into an agreement with the department.
The department will decide whether it has a genuine need to check the identities of customers and consider its policies and practices.
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