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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Report: New Zealand police 'routinely' captured photos of the public illegally Related reading: US state law privacy developments: Indiana, New Hampshire, Washington



New Zealand’s Independent Police Conduct Authority and Office of the Privacy Commissioner published a joint report examining police photographing the public. The report detailed “a general lack of awareness amongst police of their obligations under the Privacy Act” and officers “routinely” captured and retained photos of the public when they were not legally allowed. The report also found police took “thousands” of photos of people and were kept on officers' mobile phones. For photos that were uploaded to police computer systems, they were not deleted after investigations concluded.
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