Trusted computing and digital rights management are complementary technologies that are being deployed internationally. Although they may promise some advancement for the security and management of information, they also present challenges and risks to the integrity of government-held information.
Trusted computing technology (TC) can be embedded in computer hardware to protect information from unauthorised use.
Digital rights management (DRM) can regulate whether information can be viewed, printed, copied or modified, who can take these actions and for how long.
The Trusted Computing and Digital Rights Management Standards & Guidelines were developed by a cross-agency working group under the aegis of the e-GIF Management Committee, with the State Services Commission as the lead agency. The Standards and Guidelines were developed in order to implement the Trusted Computing and Digital Rights Management Principles & Policies also developed by the Working Group.
The Standards and Guidelines aim to:
Archives New Zealand is the custodian of the Standards & Guidelines. This reflects Archives New Zealand's involvement with digital information held across the public sector. The State Services Commission holds the stewardship role for the Principles & Policies.
The E-Government web site is home to the Trusted Computing and Digital Rights Management Principles & Policies, standards and guidelines: http://www.e.govt.nz/guidance-and-resources/trust-and-security/trusted-computing-and-digital-rights-management.
The announcement that Archives New Zealand will be the new custodian of the Standards and Guidelines (March 2008) can be read here.
The Working Group has completed a survey on the uptake of TC and/or DRM across government. The purpose of the survey was to discover which public service departments are using or considering using TC and/or DRM technologies, their policies and what their reasoning was for implementing the technology. The final report (April 2009) can be read here.