Lifetime of offender DNA sample, fingerprints and mug shot

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From: Sonam

Dear New Zealand Police,

When an offender arrives at a police station after being charged for an offence which has maximum punishment of 3 yrs in jail and will be put in police custody until bail is issued by the court, police generally takes DNA sample, fingerprints and mug shot.

I have the following questions regarding above, DNA sample, fingerprints and mug shot

1. How long these stays in the police central database?
2. Who maintain this database, nz police or some third party agency?
3 How police securely store the database from frequent cyber attacks? Can you please provide any info when it was compromised before due to any cyber attack?
4. What happens to these when the offender gets discharged but convicted? How long does it stays in the database against that person?
5. What happens to these when the offender gets discharged without conviction under s106?
6. Does NZ police share these information with other government agency or international agency like interpol etc.?
7. Does NZ police take consent of person before sharing this with other agency?

Yours faithfully,

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Sonam

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by NZ Police on 26 April 2022.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 24 May 2022.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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