Policy around asking for ID for OIA requests

Andrew Crow made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Andrew Crow

Dear New Zealand Police,

Once again I see an FYI.org.nz post in which a police staff member has asked for photo ID of the requester.

Under OIA I am asking for:

1. Any internal policy or process documents that say photo ID can or can’t be asked for.

2. Information about what that photo ID is needed for, I.E under privacy policy, why are you collecting the information.

3. Number of times the ombudsman has told you not to ask for photo ID.

4. Number of times public have complained about your policy of asking for photo ID.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Crow

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James Scott left an annotation ()

Hi Andrew,

I'm not sure specifically what request(s) you are referring to, but in browsing a number of requests to Police I have noticed that there are a few individual's using FYI to request personal information, not official information.

As you're possibly already aware, these would need to be considered by Police under the Privacy Act 1993, not the OIA.

It is entirely appropriate under those circumstances for Police to require ID (or find some other way) to ensure they are dealing with the individual whose personal information is being requested.

You should get the response to your questions under the OIA that you deserve, but it is worth remembering that the number of times the ombudsman has been in touch with Police about requiring ID for OIA requests will be unaffected by these cases. Even if the individual's had complained to the Ombudsman, the ombudsman would be referring the complaints to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

It is extremely unlikely that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner would have any issues whatsoever with Police carefully considering the identity of individuals before releasing their personal information to them.

James.

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Grant Carroll left an annotation ()

Hi James,
I think one of the requests Andrew is referring to is one of mine. This was a request for organisational information under the OIA and not a request for personal information under the Privacy Act. I am not aware of any requirement to provide two forms of photo ID when requesting organisational information under the OIA.

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James Scott left an annotation ()

You're right, it's odd for them to even ask for it under the Privacy Act to be honest. If you take your request in to the station they only want one.

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From: Andrew Crow

Dear New Zealand Police,

It is normal to get a acknowledgement of a request.

Can you please acknowledge that you got this request.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Crow

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New Zealand Police

Good afternoon
 
Your request has been received and is underway.
 
Nga mihi
 
Ministerial Services.

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To: "OIA/LGOIMA requests at New Zealand Police"
<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Andrew Crow" <[FOI #11718 email]>
Date: 02/12/2019 08:03PM
Subject: Re: Official Information request - Policy around asking for ID
for OIA requests

Dear New Zealand Police,
It is normal to get a acknowledgement of a request.
Can you please acknowledge that you got this request.
Yours faithfully,
Andrew Crow

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