Surveillance Centre Opens in Auckland
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—NEW ZEALANDSeptember 9, 2011
Stuff.co.nz reports on a new operations centre that will record the details of travellers moving in and out of the country. The Customs' Integrated Targeting and Operations Centre (ITOC) will collect all travel information such as flight payment methods and special seat and meal requests. Some have warned that the new system is an invasion of privacy, but, the report states, the government says it will help ensure the safety of citizens. Prime Minister John Key said, "Anyone who is innocent has nothing to fear," while Customs Minister Maurice Williamson added, "Everything needed to determine risks presented by people, goods or craft are now brought together at the ITOC."