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Dear Ministry of Health,

On the NEC Nz website it states:

“ Since these facial masks cover up half of our face, they pose a problem for existing facial recognition systems.”

New Zealand is the pilot country and sponsor government for AI with the world economic forum. Therefore we are testing the NEC facial recognition system and also the traffic light system for the rest of the world.

Please provide communications between NEC and the Government.

Please provide information about how scanning in with the covid tracer app and leaving blue tooth on is syncing with NEC facial recognition technology.

Please provide information on how you will use this data.
Please provide stats on how many faces you have scanned.

New Zealanders are scanning in completely unaware that this is what the covid tracer app is for. They need to be informed, because they are currently being deceived.

Yours faithfully,

Jane

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Kia ora Jane,

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202200699.

 

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Kia ora Jane,  

   

Thank you for your request for information received on 28 January 2022
for:  

   

“Please provide communications between NEC and the Government. Please
provide information about how scanning in with the covid tracer app and
leaving blue tooth on is syncing with NEC facial recognition technology.
Please provide information on how you will use this data. Please provide
stats on how many faces you have scanned.”   

  

The Ministry of Health does not hold any correspondence between NEC and
the Government. As such, your request for this information is refused
under section 18(g) of the Act. You may wish to directly contact the
Government parties you are specifically interested in receiving
communications from.

The NZ COVID Tracer app does not scan faces or sync with NEC facial
recognition technology. Therefore, these parts of your request are refused
under section 18(e) of the Act, as the information requested does not
exist. 

   

Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be
contacted by email at: [1][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602.     

 

Ngâ mihi

 

OIA Services Team

 

[2]Ministry of Health information releases

[3]Unite against COVID-19

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