This privacy statement details how Business Connect (“the Platform”) will deal with your personal information.
The Platform complies with the Privacy Act 2020. This statement does not limit or exclude any of your rights under the Privacy Act.
If you want further information on those rights visit:
The Platform is currently delivered via a ‘shared services’ approach. The approach enables a one-to-one contractual relationship between:
- a Host Agency (MBIE), who is responsible for contracting, hosting and maintaining the Platform
- the primary service provider (Datacom), who builds, hosts and maintains the Platform on behalf of the Host Agency
- Government Service Providers (GSPs), who own the services being enabled via the Platform.
The Host Agency enforces rights and obligations via their contract with the primary service provider (for example in relation to the management of personal information) on behalf of the GSPs.
GSPs, such as local councils and other Government agencies, are themselves responsible and liable under the Privacy Act for the collection and processing of personal information as part of a specific service being enabled on the Platform.
What personal information will be collected?
We collect personal information about you from information you provide us (for example on forms, applications, subscriptions, and accounts). You do not have to provide us with information but not providing information may affect the services you can be provided through the Platform and by GSPs.
Some information is required for us to provide you with any services (for example, a valid RealMe login and a New Zealand Business Number). If you do not want to provide the Platform with this information you do not have to but you will not be able to access services, and will have to contact the local or central government agency concerned directly.
How is your information used?
MBIE is responsible and liable under the Privacy Act for the collection and processing of personal information as part of setting up and maintaining business customer accounts and the Platform generally (Business Customer Profile Data and Platform Usage Data).
MBIE may also be responsible and liable under contract for the collection and processing of personal information as part of a specific service being enabled on the Platform, and has agreed in its contracts with GSPs to ensure Datacom manages Application and Case Data in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Please note that you, as a business customer, are responsible and liable under the Privacy Act for the use of Business Connect to create and store Business Customer Data, though MBIE is responsible under contract for the storage and protection of this data.
See the sections further below on how MBIE will store and secure your information.
Your personal information will generally only be used for the purpose you provided it (to provide you with a service). We may also use personal information provided to us through this Platform for other reasons permitted under the Privacy Act but we will only do so when it is reasonable to do so (for example, when the law requires us).
How will your personal information be disclosed?
We will disclose information when you authorise us to share it (for example, to a GSP for the purpose of an application). We will not otherwise disclose personal information unless it is lawful and reasonable. We may be required to disclose information under the Official Information Act 1982 or in response to a Parliamentary Question.
Upon transmission of any personal information to a GSP via any Service or Permission Request Application, the GSPs treatment of that personal information will be in accordance with their own privacy statement.
How can you access or correct your information?
Generally, most of your personal information will be readily available to you through the Platform. If you cannot access your information, but want to request a copy, you can contact us at email@example.com.
Alternatively, write to us at:
Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
15 Stout Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140
Upon transmission of any personal information to a GSP, requests for access or correction of personal information should be directed to the GSP.
It is important that the Platform contains accurate information. In most instances, you can update the information yourself, through the Platform. If you cannot, you can contact us to request a correction of your information. If we have a good reason for refusing a request for correction (for example because we hold a different opinion) we will attach to the information a statement that you sought a correction and what you believe the information should say.
You can manually disable cookies at any time. Please check your browser’s ‘Help’ to find out how. This will however affect the functionality of certain features on the Platform (including login access).
What information we might collect about you
We use Google Analytics to collect cookie information to help us improve this Platform. This information is aggregated to show how the Platform performs. The information includes browsing characteristics, for example:
- Search terms
- Pages viewed
- Date, time and duration.
This information also includes technical characteristics, for example:
- Screen resolution
- Language settings
- Operating system
- The type of web browser.
The statistical information does not identify you or your individual browsing behaviour.
You can read Google’s privacy statement or opt-out, at:
Privacy & terms(external link) — Google
We use MouseFlow to better understand our users’ needs and to optimise this service and experience. MouseFlow is an analytics platform that helps us better understand our users’ behaviour (for example, how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, and their pain points) and this enables us to improve and maintain our service with user feedback.
We do not collect any personal information using MouseFlow. You can disable Mouseflow on your browser to prevent yourself from being recorded with the option to opt-out at:
Opt out of Mouseflow(external link) — MouseFlow
This setting will place a cookie in the browser, which will prevent you from being tracked by tools like Mouseflow, across multiple websites. To find out more about this, please visit:
For further details, please see the 'About MouseFlow' section of MouseFlow’s site:
About MouseFlow(external link) — MouseFlow
The Platform is accessible using your RealMe log in. RealMe is managed by the Department of Internal Affairs and was set up to make it easier for New Zealanders to get things done online. RealMe provides a privacy-centric, secure method of authentication for people who want to use the Platform. RealMe does not store personal information and is designed to protect personal information.
Akahu is a New Zealand-based open finance platform that securely connects your financial accounts to third parties, such as government agencies. We use Akahu to request a one-time access through them for the sole purpose of confirming information held on the Companies Register. For further details, please refer to the Akahu privacy notice and end user terms or visit akahu.nz for general information.
End user terms(external link) — Akahu
How will we store your information?
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 or to administer the Platform.
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.
Public Records Act 2005(external link) — New Zealand Legislation
How do we keep information secure?
MBIE has security measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of information. In order to maintain the cyber security of the Platform, 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 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.
From time to time we may change this policy. This statement will apply from 14 August 2023.