LINZ Licence for Personal Data

You must accept the terms of an additional licence before you can use, reuse and share property and ownership layers that contain personal information from the LINZ Data Service.

At Toitū Te Whenua, we recognise our obligation to protect the personal information we hold from inappropriate release. We can only give you access to datasets containing personal information if your request meets the obligations of the Privacy Act 2020.

To access this data, you need to provide acceptable evidence of:

  • how you will use the data 
  • how you will store, maintain and protect the data to ensure you meet your compliance obligations of the Privacy Act 2020  
  • having read and agreed to the full terms and conditions of the LINZ Licence for Personal Data 2.2.

You can read more about the principles of the Privacy Act 2020 on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner website.

Privacy Act 2020

Apply for access

To apply for access, send the following information to

  • your full name and organisation
  • your email address (this must match the email address you use for your LDS account)
  • a daytime contact phone number.

Privacy Statement

Any information you provide will only be used for the purposes of governing and refining usages of the LDS datasets. The identifying information about you collected through this application process will be used for the purposes of evaluating your application and any subsequent correspondence on that matter and any subsequent usage with you. 

Licence summary

The LINZ Licence for Personal Data is based on the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0). The main differences are that the LINZ Licence For Personal Data includes privacy protections and our licence may be amended in the future.

You are free to:

  • Share - copy and redistribute the data in any medium or format
  • Adapt - remix, transform, and build upon the data

for any purpose, even commercially.

LINZ cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you comply with the licence terms, but LINZ may update the licence terms. If LINZ updates the licence terms then the update will apply to all previously obtained data but only if you download any new data under an updated version of the licence.

Under the following terms:

Attribution - You must give appropriate credit to LINZ, e.g. by providing a link to the licence, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests LINZ endorses you or your use. 

You do not have to comply with the licence for elements of the data in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation in the Copyright Act.

Privacy protections - As the data provided under the licence contains personal information, you must:

  • comply with the Privacy Act 2020 and not cause LINZ to breach its privacy obligations
  • take reasonable security safeguards to ensure the data is not misused and is not provided to third parties unless they agree to the licence
  • not allow the data to be indexed by any public internet web search engine
  • not use the data in unsolicited direct marketing nor in recipient lists provided by you to other parties which are likely to be used for unsolicited direct marketing. (See the full licence terms for more information)
  • amend or delete the data as required by LINZ (refer Amendments and deletions)
  • comply with all other applicable laws.

In addition, you may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the licence permits.

Amendments and deletions - A condition of the licence is that LINZ can require you to amend or delete the data, and ensure that third parties to whom you provided the data do the same. 

However, you do not have to comply with the licence where your use is permitted by the Copyright Act.  For example, the Copyright Act only restricts you from copying the whole or any substantial part of the data other than in accordance with a copyright licence. Accordingly, if you provided a non-substantial part of the data (e.g. information that pertained to a single title) to a third party, you would not need to require them to amend or delete that data. 

No warranties - No warranties are given. LINZ may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

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