Police on Social Media

Ian McDonald made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

The request was partially successful.

From: Ian McDonald

Dear New Zealand Police,

Under the Official Information Act, please supply the following.

1. Police are using social media sites such as facebook to communicate to the public. Are sites such as facebook considered a public record and as such can not have posts edited, deleted or tampered with under the Public Records Act 2005 without proper authority once posted.
2. On what lawful grounds can the public be prevented (blocked from posting or banned) from using those social media sites as a method of communication or voicing their support or opposition to comments made by Police or spokesperson for the Police.

I am a New Zealand Citizen and reside in New Zealand.

Yours faithfully,

Ian McDonald

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From: Ian McDonald

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am writing in response to the Official Information Request dated September 26, 2019 in which the following questions were asked.

1. Police are using social media sites such as facebook to communicate to the public. Are sites such as facebook considered a public record and as such can not have posts edited, deleted or tampered with under the Public Records Act 2005 without proper authority once posted.
2. On what lawful grounds can the public be prevented (blocked from posting or banned) from using those social media sites as a method of communication or voicing their support or opposition to comments made by Police or spokesperson for the Police.

There has been no response to date on acknowledging this has been received or action has been taken in order to provide the requested information.

I would like to remind you at this time of your lawful obligation to respond in a timely and prompt manor and it has now been over 20 days which is the expected and acceptable period for a response.

Failure to respond to this request will result in a complaint being made to the Ombudsmen under the Ombudsmen Act 1975.

Yours faithfully,

Ian McDonald

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Dear Mr McDonald
 
Please find attached the NZ Police response to your Official information
Act request. 
Kind regards
Ministerial Services
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From: Ian McDonald

Dear New Zealand Police,
Dear Jane,
Thank you for your reply, your prompt action is much appreciated.

Can I request a copy to your Social Media Policy please. Or, if it is available online, can you provide a link please.
Thank you for your time.

Yours faithfully,

Ian McDonald

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James Scott left an annotation ()

Did you ever get a copy of the social media policy?

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Ian McDonald left an annotation ()

No, so we dont know what that is. It may have to be done on a separate request. If you are going to do one, let me know. Feel free to use and modify my original request if you need a template.

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