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Commissioner Looking Into Police Plate Tracking

SURVEILLANCE—NEW ZEALAND

November 1, 2012

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is working with police to determine whether a program that automatically photographs numberplates and checks them against a list of “vehicles of interest” contravenes privacy laws, reports Stuff.co.nz. Police have been testing automatic plate recognition for two years, and changes have been made to better protect privacy, but Assistant Privacy Commissioner Katrine Evans says she’s in discussions with police about appropriate uses of the information, if any. "Key things…are to make sure it's correctly targeted and effective, that people are told what's going on wherever possible and that data relating to irrelevant vehicles is wiped very quickly," Evans said.
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