Today, we became aware that an independent website has gone live, claiming to aggregate property data from a number of sources including Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).
Toitū Te Whenua manages the public register of land titles through our application Landonline. As a public register, this record of title information is available for any member of the public to search.
We also publish the public data we manage through our LINZ Data Service, including property title data. The LINZ Data Service has protections in place for access and re-use of datasets that contain property owner information – such as names - by requiring users to agree to the LINZ Licence for Personal Data.
We are investigating whether this website is operating in accordance with a licence. We’re also liaising with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner about privacy concerns raised.