Trusted Computing and Digital Rights Management Principles & Policies

Trusted computing and digital rights management are complementary technologies that are being deployed internationally. Although they may offer benefits, they will also introduce potential risks to the integrity of government-held information.

In 2006, a New Zealand government working group, established under the E-government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF), developed principles and policies regarding government use of these technologies to mitigate the risks. Government-wide principles and policies will ensure a common approach, and reduce the prospect of inconsistencies and interoperability issues.

Trusted Computing & Digital Rights Management Principles and Policies

The Principles and Policies document is designed to ensure that the use of trusted computing and digital rights management technologies does not adversely affect the integrity (including availability and confidentiality) of government-held information or related government systems.

These principles and policies are suitable for use by other governments, as the policy statements do not include specific references to New Zealand laws. We believe that collaboration between governments is vital to ensure that these technologies develop in a way consistent with government requirements. By agreeing on a common set of principles and policies that reflect their requirements, governments can more effectively influence ICT product vendors to develop standards and features that will meet these requirements, e.g. a standard for disclosing the DRM restrictions associated with a computer file.

Governments, vendors and special interest groups wishing to collaborate with the New Zealand government on this matter, or simply to observe developments, are invited to contact us at We can add you to a mailing list for a regular newsletter providing links to articles of interest to those concerned with TC/DRM. We can also contact you directly, if requested, to discuss how we can best work together.

Trusted Computing & Digital Rights Management Standards and Guidelines

Archives New Zealand is the custodian of the TC/DRM Standards and Guidelines. This reflects Archives New Zealand's role dealing with all government-held information across the public sector. As custodian Archives New Zealand will continue to develop standards and guidelines and provide practical help to government agencies in implementing the principles and policies. Archives New Zealand will also sponsor a working group which seeks communication and collaboration within government, with ICT vendors and with other governments. It will encourage widespread adoption of the principles and policies and develop standards and features in TC/DRM products that provide the disclosure and control needed by governments to comply with the principles and policies. It will also investigate the update, adoption and attitudes towards TC/DRM technologies within government. More information about the Standards and Guidelines can be found here:


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