I love that Kiwis are so ignorant and with such low horizon imaginations that issues which generate concern overseas aren’t even recognised here…
High-tech investigative tools being imported by the police are attracting controversy overseas.
Many of these are capable of facial recognition, though police say they are not using this on the public. Police earlier this year did a tech stocktake which they made public.
The advanced systems they are spending tens of millions on are being deployed often after wide adoption overseas, particularly by US law enforcement.
“Police do not use public-facing or ‘live’ facial recognition technology,” police said in a statement.
This function is, however, an integral feature of many systems, which suggests police may be paying to use a fraction of a system’s power. The tech’s use is constrained by the Privacy Act, and Search and Surveillance Act 2012, but various researchers have said these need to be updated, given more teeth, or added to with laws specifically regulating biometrics, and facial recognition in particular.
“There is currently no official position on this, and no legal or regulatory barrier to the police deployment of this technology,” a research report said on Friday.
…it’s like the Chinese spy inside the National Party story.
Every time a foreign news media outlet wrote about the story, they were always bemused that NZers were just accepting of National having a spy inside the Party.
We are so intellectually casual about some things we are horizontal.
Mass surveillance spying, abuse of police powers, political corruption, these issues are a bit ‘big’ for low imagination sleepy hobbits, but Argentina beating us at rugby, banning freedom campers and the tyrannically correct pronunciation of Te Reo – THOSE THINGS we can all bond over.
That’s who we is, this is what we are.
Cast your mind back to May and the sudden revelation that the NZ Police were trialling mass surveillance face recognition tech without any clearance…
Police conducted a trial of controversial facial recognition software without consulting their own bosses or the Privacy Commissioner.
The American firm Clearview AI’s system, which is used by hundreds of police departments in the United States and several other countries, is effectively a search engine for faces – billing itself as a crime-fighting tool to identify perpetrators and victims.
New Zealand Police first contacted the firm in January, and later set up a trial of the software, according to documents RNZ obtained under the Official Information Act. However, the high tech crime unit handling the technology appears to have not sought the necessary clearance before using it.
…and then days later after that revelation the Police were doing a ‘stocktake’ of this face recognition software that no one had been given permission to use…
Last week, RNZ revealed police conducted hundreds of searches, including for suspects, using American software Clearview AI.
The trial, conducted between February and March, did not have the necessary sign-offs from the Police Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner and the Cabinet.
Police said they do not intend to use Clearview because it was ineffective in New Zealand.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster today said he had ordered a stocktake of any similar software being used.
“I’ve commissioned a stocktake of any surveillance-type technologies that we may be using or trialing to make sure that there’s nothing equivalent [to Clearview],” Coster said
…so the NZ Police used mass surveillance facial recognition software from an Orwellian company that illegally sources photos without any sign off from the Privacy Commissioner or their own Police Boss, they then hold a ‘stocktake’ of these types of unapproved face recognition software trials and lo and fucking behold the Police quietly admit to a $9million face recognition network they are setting up with zero oversight from the Privacy Commissioner?
How the fuck are the cops getting away with this?
They were caught trailing face recognition software with no approval, tell the public they will take a stocktake of these types of unapproved tests and the next thing we hear is they’ve actually gone ahead with a face recognition network?
It’s like calling the fire service to deal with a fire and them arriving with petrol to put out the flames.
The Police can’t get busted using unapproved mass surveillance programs, then tell the public they are looking into it to make sure that doesn’t happen again, and then get caught putting that mass surveillance system in place!
This requires URGENT investigation. The Police have been underhand and incredibly deceitful about this, and that doesn’t inspire any faith at all.
If the cops are going to be this malicious with the truth, why would we trust them with this vast unchecked power?
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