No one is surprised by this…
The spy agency watchdog says closed circuit TV or CCTV is being used in a “lawful” and “responsible” way, but questions its legal basis.
…the SIS require these tools, accessing CCTV shouldn’t shock anyone, their incomptetance also shouldn’t surprise…
The Security Intelligence Service has been using a deal set up under outdated laws to surveil people on closed circuit TV or CCTV cameras in Auckland for years.
…however what the NZ Police are planning should shock!
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 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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