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Discussions on information sharing in the wider government tend to focus on personal information.  Alongside personal information, Inland Revenue also holds significant amounts of commercial information, much of it sensitive.  Often personal and non-personal information is inextricably linked.  When the two can be separated, it can reduce the value of the information to the user.

Outside of the Tax Administration Act, information about individuals is subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act.  This provides a clear framework for how personal information is treated and how it can be shared.  No such legislative framework exists for business or commercial information.  It may be that there is less concern about some basic business information such as identifying details and income information and more concern about sensitive information, such as information that could prejudice a business commercially.

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