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Poilce use of social media surveillance tools

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From: Scott

Dear New Zealand Police,

Hello,

Hope you’re well. This OIA request concerns Police use of social media surveillance tools.

For the avoidance of doubt, by social media surveillance tools I mean specialised programs that facilitate the collection or analysis of social media information. I do not require any information about Police use of non-specialised programs like Google.

I request, dated since April 2019:

- Information about any trials of social media surveillance tools, either proof of concept or operational

- Any Business Case for the procurement of social media surveillance tools

And from any date:

- Any Privacy Impact Assessment related to the use of social media surveillance tools

I would also like to know:

- How Police use the social media surveillance tool Signal. In particular, I would like to know if Police use of Signal has in any way changed since this OIA response (Ref: 16/4806)

https://fyi.org.nz/request/4068/response...

as for instance if the tool is used by different units or for different purposes.

- If Police use the social media surveillance tools of any other companies, besides Signal Corporation, and if so what companies and how are they used

- Information about what the National Intelligence Centre OSINT Team does (or is intended to do), and the size of this team

I am a New Zealand citizen.

Many thanks,
Scott

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New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Scott
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below, received by NZ Police on 1 March 2021.
 
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.
 
You can expect a response to your request on or before 29 March 2021.
 
Ngā mihi
Sarah
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Scott" <[FOI #14794 email]>
Date: 01/03/2021 09:11AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Official Information request - Poilce use of social
media surveillance tools

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Dear New Zealand Police,
Hello,
Hope you’re well. This OIA request concerns Police use of social media
surveillance tools.
For the avoidance of doubt, by social media surveillance tools I mean
specialised programs that facilitate the collection or analysis of social
media information. I do not require any information about Police use of
non-specialised programs like Google.
I request, dated since April 2019:
- Information about any trials of social media surveillance tools, either
proof of concept or operational
- Any Business Case for the procurement of social media surveillance tools
And from any date:
- Any Privacy Impact Assessment related to the use of social media
surveillance tools
I would also like to know:
- How Police use the social media surveillance tool Signal. In particular,
I would like to know if Police use of Signal has in any way changed since
this OIA response (Ref: 16/4806)
[1]https://fyi.org.nz/request/4068/response...
as for instance if the tool is used by different units or for different
purposes.
- If Police use the social media surveillance tools of any other
companies, besides Signal Corporation, and if so what companies and how
are they used
- Information about what the National Intelligence Centre OSINT Team does
(or is intended to do), and the size of this team
I am a New Zealand citizen.
Many thanks,
Scott
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New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Scott

I have been asked to the work group preparing your response to request
evidence that you are a New Zealand citizen or resident under Section 12
(1) of the Official Information Act (1982).
Please send your identification to this email address outside of the FYI
system, and we will treat your contact details in confidence and reply to
your request via FYI. Without this evidence, we are unable to proceed with
your request.
 
Ngā mihi
Sarah
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

Agencies are under no obligation to request proof of eligibility, and should not do so without a genuine reason to do so.

The Ombudsman's guideline on requests made online clarifies that:

"Agencies are entitled to make reasonable enquiries to satisfy themselves that a requester is eligible to make a request under the OIA. However, the eligibility requirement is not about imposing unnecessary barriers to legitimate requests. Agencies should only query eligibility if there is a genuine need to do so, and they should be mindful of their obligation to provide reasonable assistance to requesters."

https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/reso...

Also, the lowest standard of eligibility in the OIA is that the requester is in New Zealand. If you are in New Zealand, you don't have to be a citizen or a permanent resident in order to be eligible to make a request under the OIA: https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/publ...

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

To be absolutely clear, this statement from Police is not true:

"Without this evidence, we are unable to proceed with your request."

They are literally lying to you when they say this. Demanding evidence of eligibility is entirely discretionary, and Police could simply choose not to proceed with your request without this unnecessarily onerous step.

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From: Scott

Hello Sarah,

As Mark Hanna has already pointed out in annotations to this request, your demands for my identification as a New Zealander are bunk and I do not intend to comply. If Police are determined to go down this road, this request will be referred to the Ombudsman.

Please explain to me why I should send New Zealand Police anything besides the assurance of citizenship I have already supplied.

Yours faithfully,

Scott

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New Zealand Police

Kia ora ano Scott
Thank you for your email. Police are in the process of drafting a response
and will work to the due date of 29 March 2021.
Ngā mihi
Sarah 
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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To: "OIA/LGOIMA requests at New Zealand Police"
<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Scott" <[FYI request #14794 email]>
Date: 03/03/2021 01:00PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: Identification required to proceed IR-01-21-6567

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Hello Sarah,
As Mark Hanna has already pointed out in annotations to this request, your
demands for my identification as a New Zealander are bunk and I do not
intend to comply. If Police are determined to go down this road, this
request will be referred to the Ombudsman.
Please explain to me why I should send New Zealand Police anything besides
the assurance of citizenship I have already supplied.
Yours faithfully,
Scott

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New Zealand Police

Good Morning Scott,

 

I refer to your request of 1 March 2021 for information regarding social
media.   

 

I have been asked to let you know that Police requires an extension of
time in which to respond to your request, pursuant to section 15A of the
Official Information Act 1982 (OIA), because the request necessitates
substantial research, collation and consultations, such that a proper
response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the original time
limit.                                                      

Police require until 16 April 2021 to provide a substantive response to
your request. 

You have the right, under section 28(3) of the OIA, to make a complaint to
an Ombudsman about this extension.

 
If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this
decision, please feel free to contact
[1][email address]
 
Ngā mihi
Penni 
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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addressee only and may contain privileged information. It may also be
subject to the provisions of section 50 of the Policing Act 2008, which
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are not the intended recipient of this message or have received this
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From: Scott

Dear New Zealand Police,

Can I get an update on this request? It's now 2 weeks overdue.

Yours faithfully,

Scott

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Scott

I can confirm that your request has been compiled and is currently progressing through our internal consultation process.

Although I am unable to provide a release date at this stage, in normal circumstances this process can take up to eight working days.

Please accept our apologies for any delay in providing you with a response to your query. We are endeavouring to provide this to you as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi
Julian
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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