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Police Minister: Digitally Accessing Photos Violates Privacy

PERSONAL PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

October 25, 2012

Police want to use smart devices to verify drivers’ identities when they’re not carrying licences, but The New Zealand Herald reports that Police Minister Anne Tolley said the practice would violate the Privacy Act. “It would be almost moving towards a police state," said Tolley, adding it would mean asking every New Zealand driver to agree to waive their rights under the Privacy Act. But Police Association President Greg O'Connor says, “police already have access to driver's licence photographs...Logic dictates police should have access through electronic means as well,” noting the plan to roll out smart devices to police is useless without the ability to access photographs.
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