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The Privacy, Human Rights and Ethics Framework

The ability to get greater value from our data relies on people being aware of, and comfortable with, how we use information. We take people’s privacy seriously and our aim is to continually improve our approach to responsibly use and safeguard personal information. The Privacy, Human Rights and Ethics framework (PHRaE) is one of these initiatives.

As a result, the Ministry is implementing a new set of ‘smart tools’ as part of the PHRaE. The PHRaE helps ensure MSD acts responsibly by assessing the privacy, human rights and ethical impacts of using personal information to develop new services.

The PHRaE comprises a set of materials (guidance document, how to guide, interactive tool) and a centralised team of specialists. This team will work alongside project teams to supplement their use of the materials and facilitate discussions to ensure privacy, human rights and ethics are adequately considered in design.

The PHRaE is a structured way of asking the right questions to make sure that we take into account privacy, human rights, and ethics from the very beginning of designing new services/processes that involve data or modelling. This enables PHRaE risks to be designed out rather than risk being a barrier to implementation (or having to be accepted).

There is significant interest and broad support from across government to the PHRaE and considerable interest in adopting it as an all-of-government approach.

We are planning to formally implement the PHRaE at MSD in the coming months, and we anticipate that we will be able to support other agencies to test the approach soon afterward.

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