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Data Ethics Advisory Group

The Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) convened a Data Ethics Advisory Group to help maximise the opportunities and benefits from new and emerging uses of data, while responsibly managing potential risk and harms.

The Group will enable government agencies to test ideas, policy, and proposals related to new and emerging uses of data. It will also provide advice on trends, issues, areas of concern, and areas for innovation it becomes aware of.

Government Chief Data Steward 

About the group

Expertise across the group represents the following areas: 

  • privacy and human rights law
  • ethics
  • innovative data use and data analytics
  • Te Ao Māori
  • technology
  • public policy
  • government interests in the use of data (social, economic, and environmental)
  • Pasifika voice
  • Community representation. 

Reports from the group

Meeting agendas

Meeting summaries

Guidance from Data Ethics Advisory Group

Reports commissioned by the group


The Algorithm assessment report (published in October 2018) recommended that consideration be given to ways in which agencies ensure human rights, privacy, and ethics are considered when developing algorithms, and that agencies embed a Te Ao Māori perspective, where appropriate.

The Group will assist agencies to meet those recommendations.

Algorithm assessment report

More information

Data Ethics Advisory Group members

Terms of membership - HTML

Terms of membership [PDF 143 KB]

Terms of reference [PDF 411 KB]

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Content last reviewed: 20 July 2023