External security consultants’ inquiry findings

18 December 2018



External security consultants’ inquiry findings



A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct.

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes said the system was not operating in a way New Zealanders would expect and has introduced new standards that will strengthen transparency and consistency across all government agencies.

However, the inquiry found no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance by external security consultants on behalf of government agencies.

An underlying theme of the inquiry was the balance between a citizen’s right to privacy and the public interest.

For more information go to www.ssc.govt.nz

 

Click here to see the letter from Lakes DHB in respect of the use of external security consultants

Click here to see the letter  from Lakes DHB in respect of the use of external security consultants (second letter  with clarification).