Communications with Auckland Transport about surveillance system

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Privacy Commissioner

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Privacy Commissioner,

Today Stuff reported that Auckland Transport would be installing a mass-surveillance system which would use Automated number-Plate Recognition to track individuals ("Sophisticated surveillance coming to Auckland", Stuff, 1 oct 2014). Auckland Transport has claimed via its twitter feed ( that it is consulting with the Privacy Commissioner about it. I would like to request the following information under the OIA:

* all communications with Auckland Transport about this surveillance system. I'm particularly interested in advice on possible privacy impacts and how to minimise them.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about
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With regards to s12 of the OIA, I am an NZ citizen and in NZ.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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From: Katrine Evans
Privacy Commissioner

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Dear Mr Harris

Here is all the information that we hold relating to your request. It consists of correspondence to and from Auckland Transport about the CCTV system (including automatic number plate recognition), and notes of meetings.

The only details that we have withheld are the personal contact details (direct dials and emails) of our staff members and Auckland Transport personnel, including their contract adviser. We have withheld these details under section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act. Please let me know if you have any concerns about this decision. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can ask the Ombudsman to review the decision.

I hope that this information is helpful for you.

Kind regards

Katrine Evans
Assistant Commissioner (Legal and Policy)

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