- handled carefully, according to authorised procedures
- made available only to people who have a legitimate "need to know" to fulfil their official duties
- released only in accordance with the policies, legislative requirements and directives of the Government and the courts.
Official information is
|“||[a]ll information in the custody and control of a U.S. government department or agency that was acquired by U.S. government employees as a part of their official duties or because of their official status and has not been cleared for public release.||”|
- "New Zealand" section: Security in the Government Sector, at 3-2.