Historic use of Passive / Memory GPS tracking devices (Location Loggers)

M B made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: M B

Dear New Zealand Police,

Passive GPS tracking devices are tracking devices which store the location of a device and only convey that data once connected to an external source or upon command. I am presuming, for the Police at least, that these devices have now been superseded by conventional GPS tracking devices compatible with real time transmission.

- Please advise whether the Police are using / have previously used other forms of surveillance where a device records a location but it is not conveyed in real time.
- The model numbers of previous devices used by the Police to conduct these forms of surveillance;
- The police manuals and guidance material which detailed these forms of surveillance;
- please advise of the first use of these forms of surveillance; and
- if there was a period in time where Passive GPS tracking devices were the only devices in service (based on their introduction date and phase out) please provide the number of warrants issued for tracking devices during that period.

Yours faithfully,

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Mason

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 request below, received by Police on 26 April 2023.

Your reference number is IR-01-23-12667.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 24 May 2023 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

You may be interested that NZ Police released all eight chapters in the "Surveillance" section of the Police Manual in October 2022.

You can find them on policepolicy.nz here: https://policepolicy.nz/policies/?name=s...

Or you can look at the original release on FYI here: https://fyi.org.nz/request/20078-police-...

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From: M B

Dear Ministerial Services,

Could you please provide an update on this request.

Yours sincerely,

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Good afternoon

I can confirm that your request has been drafted and is currently progressing through our internal consultation process. Although I am unable to confirm a release date at this stage, in normal circumstances this process can take up to eight working days.

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

Kind regards,

Lisa MacKenzie | Advisor | Ministerial Services
Policy & Partnerships |PNHQ


E tu ki te kei o te waka, kia pakia koe e nga ngaru o te wa – 
Stand at the stern of the canoe and feel the spray of the future biting at your face.

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Tēnā koe Mason                                 

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 26 April 2023.


Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing you with this


Ngā mihi



Advisor | Ministerial Services | Police National Headquarters

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