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Mana leader Hone Harawira says the Social Development Ministry's demand for data will harm the work of many Maori service providers.

The ministry has told providers the must hand over data about clients or lose their funding.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards today slammed the requirement as excessive and inconsistent with privacy principles, and the portal set up to collect the information was this week shut down after it was found to be insecure.

Mr Harawira says it will affect the way the public see providers like the one he runs in Kaitaia.

"You build up trust with people, try to help people, you want to try to keep their doors open, you want them to open their curtains, open their minds, but when they find the information you get from them is going to end up with MSD, they are going to get scared. Everybody has issues, everybody has concerns, not everybody is living according to the law and you want to simply improve their quality of life without imposing unnecessarily on them," he says.

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