Case Note 219773 [2010] NZ Priv Cmr 25 : An individual requests personal information from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

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A man made a request to the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (‘the Service’) under principle 6 of the Privacy Act for a copy of information held by the Service about him. The Service responded to the man’s request by neither confirming nor denying that it held information about the man, and therefore relying on section 32 of the Privacy Act. Principle 6 of the Privacy Act provides that where any agency holds personal information in such a way that it can be readily retrieved, the individual concerned shall be entitled to have access to that information. Principle 6 is subject to sections 27 to 29 that provide a range of withholding grounds an agency can rely on to withhold information from individuals. Principle 6 is also subject to the provisions contained within section 32 of the Privacy Act. Section 32 provides: