Look at that – NZ Police drunk on power again! But we can trust them with new mass surveillance network?


It’s like every month there’s a new revelation that the Police are abusing their power.

Last month Northland Police were caught illegally using drink-drive checkpoints to gather intelligence. The cops response was ‘oops’.

The month before that they were caught illegally taking photos of Māori teenagers.

This month their bullshit ‘formal warnings’ system also turned out to be a secret intelligence network…

A judge has ruled that police ‘formal warnings’ are illegal and akin to a conviction without trial

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The police practice of issuing “formal warnings” to people who haven’t been convicted of any crime – and sharing that information with other parties – has been found to be illegal.

In a ruling that could change the way police officers do their job, High Court Judge Paul Davison​ found that the warnings – issued 20,000 times in the past 10 years – had no basis in statutory or common law and were a breach of the Bill of Rights Act.

Warren Pyke, the lawyer who sought the judicial review for a client who had been issued with one of the warnings, said most people would have no idea that such information was kept and shared.

…so that’s 3 off the record intelligence networks that have all been uncovered in the last 3 months.

Māori youth are targeted and identified illegally on the street and that data kept on an off the record real time system.

Drink-Drive check points are for drink diving NOT for illegal intel gathering!

And ‘formal warning’s have been used as a massive treasure trove of information.

Every single time they get caught, their response is ‘oooops’.

So why on earth would we give the Police enormous omnipotent Eye of Mordor powers with their mass surveillance face recognition powers?

Right now, the NZ Police are using 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!

The Police then held 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???

Police setting up $9m facial recognition system which can identify people from CCTV feed

Police have been quietly setting up a $9 million facial recognition system that can take a live feed from CCTV cameras and identify people from it.

This would push New Zealand into new territory for tracking citizens.

It will be run by a non-police contractor – US firm Dataworks Plus – and collect 15,000 facial images a year, with that expected to expand up to 10-fold.

Their latest move is to create some fake watchdog panel over mass surveillance powers that no on gave them!

The duplicitous and underhand manner in which the NZ Police have quietly amassed a mass surveillance network alongside their constant abuse of power to get what they want is an incredibly dangerous combination for any State Agency to gain.

Are we sure we know what level of power we are blithely handing over here?

A Police State starts with the promise of security.


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  1. This is just over-fishing. Facial recognition AI, algorithm written by a straight white guy, sucking up data, why oh why? disconnect and atrophy …Ray Kurtzweil orgasms again… sigh

  2. And apparently more than half the population want to give then discretion when it comes to who gets charged with harmless herb crimes.

  3. IMO: There good people in every “institution”. The NZ Police being no exception. However, as a State Institution, in my own experience the NZ Police force is riven with corruption & has been for my 8 decades of life. Years ago (2003) I had to order a policeman out of my home because of the garbage that he was reading from a police report into problems I’d had (specifically with the “Sergeant-in-charge” at an Auckland suburban police station. He had acknowledged to me that he would lie in Court for one of his inept staff. He saw such behaviour as “support” of his staff. Some months later, the judge at my court case acknowledged his awareness of the police & witness corruption re my case. The ultimate outcome was satisfactory to me.

    • Sure looks that way John. Closed doors inquiry into the mosque massacre, poorly drafted firearms regulations,continual broadening of the reasons for warrantless searches, illegal electronic snooping, manipulation of electronic evidence in court cases, ever increasing surveillance powers under the guise of “security” all done by an organisation with the lowest academic requirements required for entry to this profession.

  4. “This would push New Zealand into new territory for tracking citizens.”
    And that’s because AO/NZ’s no longer [ours]. I’m not joking.
    For example,here’s the power bezos has at his discretion.
    “Wealth, shown to scale.
    If you think that we and our beautiful agrarian AO/NZ’s going to remain unmolested as the planet heats up while a weird virus plays havoc with soon to be starving human populations then did you know? I own the Sydney harbour Bridge. It was gifted to me by a kindly old woman I helped across the street once. She inherited it from her great grandfather who was half aboriginal who received the bridge as a settlement agreed upon between the local tribe and the crown.
    It’s a real money spinner and you can buy it for, say, twenty million Australian dollars cash? Does that sound fair?
    I also own bridges in London, Chicago, NYC, L.A. And Auckland so the choices are there for your investments. Call now while the lines are dipshit.

  5. Furthermore etc.
    Thank you Joseph. Now close the door behind you as you fuck off and take peter thiel and elon musk with you?
    I heard a rumour from a reliable source that musk was in Southland inspecting his satelite tracking systems near Bluff.
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt Praises New Zealand’s Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic | The Tonight Show
    The best way to decieve is to tell compelling truths in an honest and open way while lying your arse off.

  6. It is not up to the state to know all of its citizens, but to the citizens to know everything about the state.
    Julian Assange


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