Recommendation 7.2

In considering nominations for National Interest Datasets (NIDs), the National Data Custodian’s public interest test should establish that through sharing or release, the designation of a dataset would be likely to generate significant additional community- wide net benefits beyond those obtained by the original data holder.

Once designated, NIDs that contain non-sensitive data should be made available for immediate release.

NIDs that include data on individuals would be available to trusted users only in a manner that reflects the accreditation processes of the relevant Accredited Release Authority, as established and updated by the National Data Custodian, to respect privacy and confidentiality.

Where data from the private and/or not-for-profit sectors is recommended to be included in a NID, the analysis prior to designation should specifically note the ways the designation addresses genuine commercial sensitivity associated with the information and costs (including those related to ongoing dataset maintenance).

Government response: 

The Government agrees with this recommendation.

The National Data Commissioner will assess the public interest value and additional community-wide benefits that could accrue from the designation of Designated Datasets, in a process that will consider stakeholder views and sensitivities.

Designated Datasets will be subject to the same requirements for access as specified elsewhere in this response. Non-sensitive Designated Datasets will be made available for public release and sensitive Designated Datasets (including Designated Datasets containing commercially sensitive information) would only be available to trusted users through a Data Sharing Agreement and/or through an Accredited Data Release Authority.

Lead Agencies: National Data Commissioner