Information security


Security classifications for information from foreign governments

This section covers applying security classifications to information from foreign governments.

New Zealand government organisations must adhere to any provisions concerning the security of people, information and assets contained in multilateral or bilateral agreements and arrangements to which New Zealand or the organisation is a party.

Reciprocal protection under bilateral security agreements

Bilateral security agreements can include reciprocal protection for the exchange of protectively-marked information. In such cases, apply the equivalent New Zealand security classification marking. Make sure the protection is equivalent to, but not less than, that required by the government providing the information.

Releasing information from foreign governments

You must get permission before you release information from foreign governments. You need their written approval.

Marking information when there are no bilateral security agreements

Consult the NZSIS for help to apply the correct security marking to protectively-marked information you receive from another country — a country New Zealand doesn’t have a bilateral security agreement with.


Page last modified: 5/08/2019