This privacy and cookies policy was last updated on 1 December 2020.
This privacy statement applies to personal information collected through the Ministry of Business and Employment’s (MBIE) Unit Titles website. It also includes how personal information is treated by our Unit Titles contact centre.
Purpose and scope
The purpose of this privacy statement is to let users of this website know when we may collect personal information and what we may do with it. We do not use, share or disclose personal information collected or received through this website except as set out in this statement.
This privacy statement applies to personal information collected through the Unit Titles website: www.unittitles.govt.nz. It also includes how personal information is treated by our Unit Titles contact centre.
Collection, storage and use
No need to disclose personal information
You can use www.unittitles.govt.nz without disclosing any personal information.
Voluntary disclosure of personal information
You may choose to voluntarily provide personal information through this website (e.g. in ‘ask a question’, online tools or feedback forms). This information may be viewable by site administrators, Unit Titles staff (as appropriate) and third-party contractors who may administrate or work on the website.
Electronic alerts and newsletters
When you subscribe to one of our alerts or newsletters, the details you provide may be stored in a secure third-party database (i.e. MailChimp). Your name and email address will be used to send you future electronic newsletters, and will not be disclosed without your consent. When you unsubscribe to our alert or newsletter, your details will be deleted from the database.
Some digital tools use SendGrid to send one-time transactional emails.
Collection of personal information
Unit Titles may ask or require you to provide some personal information when you complete an online form (e.g. the online publication form). Unit Titles may require you to register your details with us in order to create or maintain an account or profile (e.g. the Tenancy Tribunal Online Application form). As part of our online processes there may be other information that is required to be supplied. Failing to provide such information may reduce or make unavailable some services we provide to you.
Holding of information
When you provide personal information, it will be held by Unit Titles. It may be stored or accessed on behalf of Unit Titles by authorised third parties (such as third-party contractors) to the extent that is necessary, for example for them to administrate or work on the site. We will take reasonable steps to store your information securely. The information you provide us may be accessed on our behalf by staff, contractors and authorised service providers where access is necessary to use the information.
We will only retain personal information for as long as it is required for the purposes for which it may lawfully be used or it is a public record. We store public records (which can include personal information) in accordance with the Public Records Act 2005.
Disclosure of information
Unit Titles will generally not share personal information that is provided or collected through this website, unless it is necessary to do so for the purpose for which you gave us the information (e.g. to investigate a complaint, or to manage or schedule a mediation) or where you consent. Unit Titles will not otherwise disclose personal information provided or collected through this website unless required or otherwise permitted by law, such as under the Official Information Act 1982 or to a Parliamentary Select Committee or Parliament in response to a Parliamentary Question.
Use of personal information
Unit Titles will generally only use personal information provided to us through this website for the purpose you provided it (e.g. to administer, evaluate and improve the site, to improve our services, or to action or respond to the information provided). We may also use personal information provided to us through this website for other reasons permitted under the Privacy Act (e.g. with your consent, for a directly related purpose, or where the law permits or requires it).
As part of our commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers we record all inbound and outbound telephone calls at our contact centre. This helps us to identify ways that we can provide you with a better service.
We record calls for staff training purposes, helping us to improve the quality of our customer service and to ensure the information we provide is consistent and accurate
We understand your personal information is important to you, and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We store the recordings securely for 2 years and destroy them after this period.
You can request access to your personal information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and asking for the Privacy Officer. We will provide this information to you unless we have a lawful reason for withholding this information.
Records and retention of personal information
Unit Titles will only retain personal information as long as it is required for the purposes for which the information was collected and may lawfully be used.
Where any information or data provided (which may include personal information) to or through this site constitute public records, it will be retained to the extent required by the Public Records Act 2005. Unit Titles may also be required to disclose information under the Official Information Act 1982 or to a Parliamentary Select Committee or Parliament in response to a Parliamentary Question.
Rights of access and correction
You have the right to:
- find out from us whether we hold personal information about you
- access that information; and, if applicable
- request corrections to that information.
If Unit Titles has a good reason for refusing a request for correction, you are entitled to request that a statement be attached to the information of the correction that was sought but not made.
If you want to check personal information that we hold you can email or write to us.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
PO Box 5488
email@example.com and ask for the Privacy Officer.
For more information on the privacy laws in New Zealand and contact details for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, please visit the Privacy Commissioner's website(external link).
MBIE websites have security measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. In order to maintain the cyber security of MBIE systems and information, MBIE systems are subject to ongoing monitoring (including activity logging), analysis and auditing. We may use information about your use of our websites and other IT systems to prevent unauthorised access or attacks, or other misuse, on these systems or to resolve such events. We may use this information even if you are not involved in such activity. MBIE may utilise services from one or more third party suppliers to monitor or maintain the cyber security of its systems and information. These third party suppliers will have access to monitoring and logging information as well as information processed on MBIE websites and other IT systems.