ANPR Tracking - Auror - Surveillance Device Warrants

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From: M B

Dear New Zealand Police,

A Surveillance Device Warrant for a tracking device was applied for and issued to use the live alert function of Auror (Police's third party ANPR system) in the case of R v Meo (2022).

1. When was the first Surveillance Device Warrant applied for to use either Auror or VIBE (vGRID) as a tracking device?

2. What date was the first time Police used the Auror or VIBE (vGRID) application to set up a live alert / track a suspect?

3. How many warrants have the Police applied for to use either Auror or VIBE (vGRID) as a tracking device?

4. How many Auror or VIBE (vGRID) live alerts have the Police set up?

5. The privacy commission has advised the Police on several occasions, including on 28/07/2022, that real time ANPR alerts require a surveillance device warrant. I note that historic opinions held by the Police where inconsistent with this view. Please provide all emails between the Police and the officer of the privacy commissioner related to the view that surveillance device warrants are required for ANPR related activates, along with any documentation surrounding those emails.

Yours faithfully,
Mason.

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From: M B

Dear New Zealand Police,

To clarify request 3, warrant is referring to a surveillance device warrant.

I am also requesting an additional information as follows.

6. Please provide any communications, publications, consultations, or reports since 2012 related to ANPR and it’s conformity with the search and surveillance act, along with any documentation surrounding those emails.

7. Please identify how many cameras and or contributors to Auror and VIBE / vGRID were indicated to the Police by those companies when engaged by those companies. This information may be held in the form of initial proposals or marketing materials. Please provide the date and document which you are using to identify this figure.

8. Does Auror allow for a warrant number to be entered with an ANPR search or live alert? And what verification procedures are conducted to ensure the validity of a live alert request before it is engaged?

9. How many audits have been completed for ANPR searches conducted by the police on third party databases including Auror and VIBE (vGRID)?

10. Have there been any investigations into the misuse of ANPR searches? How many, when, what was their role, and on what database?

Yours faithfully,
Mason.

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Mason

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 18 September 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-28651.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 14 October 2022 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Catherine
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Mason

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 18 September 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-28656.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 14 October 2022 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Catherine
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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Figures for the number of Surveillance Device Warrants (and other warrants) issued and rejected are published in the annual reports available here:

https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/publ...

I understand that Auror's ANPR guidelines were released in 2020 and their contract was dated 2018. Presumably 2018 was when they received the ANPR tools, but we can't see any significant uptick in any tracking warrants issued....

Are the Police not using the tool's they've paid for, or is no one applying for warrants?

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From: M B

Dear Police,

Part 3 - Please reply in the same FYI.org.nz chain.

In relation to page 10 of the ANPR Police manual, available here: https://www.police.govt.nz/sites/default....

1. When were the regulations surrounding "approved use of Third Party ANPR for active detection capabilities" put in place?

2. When did the Police first acknowledge the need for a tracking warrant and when did the first communications, reports, or any information identify such?

Yours sincerely,
Mason.

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Mason

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by New Zealand Police on 22 September 2022.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA. You can expect a response to your request on or before 21 October 2022.

Kind regards, Dylan
Ministerial Services PNHQ

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