37 Security of information

(1)

Information furnished to the Statistician under this Act shall only be used for statistical purposes.

(2)

No person other than an employee of the department who has made the statutory declaration specified in section 21 shall be permitted to see any individual schedule or any answer to any question put under this Act except for the purposes of a prosecution or a proposed prosecution under this Act.

(3)

No information contained in any individual schedule and no answer to any question put for the purposes of this Act shall, except for the purposes of a prosecution or a proposed prosecution under this Act, be separately published or disclosed to any undertaking or to any person not being an employee of the department who has made the statutory declaration specified in section 21.

(4)

All statistical information published by the Statistician shall be arranged in such a manner as to prevent any particulars published from being identifiable by any person (other than the person by whom those particulars were supplied) as particulars relating to any particular person or undertaking, unless—

(a)

that person or the owner of that undertaking has consented to their publication in that manner, or has already permitted their publication in that manner; or

(b)

their publication in that manner could not reasonably have been foreseen by the Statistician or any employee of the department.

(5)

For the purposes of subsection (4), the Statistician shall make such office rules as he considers necessary.

(6)

Subsections (2) and (3) apply notwithstanding any provision contained in the Customs and Excise Act 2018, the Tax Administration Act 1994 or any other Act.

Section 37: replaced, on 14 August 1985, by section 7(1) of the Statistics Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 119).

Section 37(6): amended, on 1 October 2018, by section 443(3) of the Customs and Excise Act 2018 (2018 No 4).

Section 37(6): amended, on 1 April 1995, by section YB 1 of the Income Tax Act 1994 (1994 No 164).