Owner (in the context of Information Assets) (Definition)

Information as an asset is owned by the State of Queensland [1]. The term owner in the Strategic Direction is the recognised officer who is identified as having the authority and accountability under legislation, regulation or policy for the collection of information assets on behalf of the State of Queensland. Information owners define the policy which governs the information assets of an agency, for example determining the security classification of information assets. An owner will often delegate the operational responsibility for information assets to a custodian, who applies controls that reflect the owner’s expectations and instructions such as ensuring proper quality, security, integrity, correctness, consistency, privacy, confidentiality and accessibility of the information assets. [1] It is well understood that within government all legal ownership and associated rights and entitlements are vested in the State of Queensland. However, practically, the State can only act through the officers of the legislature, judiciary or the public service. Indeed, at an intellectual property level beneficial use delegations do not apply when the public entity represents the State of Queensland and has the power to deal with assets under its enabling legislation. That is, the public sector owner is deemed to be acting as the State in relation to assets. For this reason the term owner for the purpose of describing the information architecture is deemed to be the officer through whom the State, as the ultimate owner, is acting.


Last Reviewed: 09 January 2018

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