Glossary

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ODESC

The Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination – commonly referred to as ODESC - is a committee of Chief Executives which manages national security in New Zealand in both its governance and its response mode.

Office of the Auditor-General (OAG)

The Office of the Auditor-General is responsible for conducting annual audits, performance audits and inquiries into any public entity as per the Public Audit Act 2001.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner deals with privacy and the freedom of information.

Official information

Any information generated, received, developed or collected by, or on behalf of, the New Zealand government through its agencies and external service providers that is not publicly available, including sensitive information and protectively marked information, such as:
- documents and papers
- data
- the software or systems and networks on which the information is stored, processed or communicated
- the intellectual information (knowledge) acquired by individuals
- physical items from which information regarding design, components or use could be derived.

See the Official Information Act 1982.

Official resources

Includes official information, people who work for, or with, the New Zealand government, and assets belonging to, or in the possession of, the New Zealand government. Official resources include resources belonging to the New Zealand government but in the possession of contractors.

Offshore services

Services offered from outside of New Zealand that are subject to jurisdictional, sovereignty and privacy risks of that country.

Onshore services

Services offered from within New Zealand.

Originator (of information)

The person, or agency, responsible for preparing or creating official information or for actioning information generated outside the New Zealand government. This person, or agency, is also responsible for deciding whether, and at what level, to protectively mark that information.

Outsourcing

Contracting out of a business process to an outside company.

Overwriting (of electronic information)

Low level reformatting, followed by multiple overwriting with zeroes (0) and ones (1) in random patterns to make the information difficult to recover from electronic media.