Use of CCTV surveillance in NZ schools

Alison Kearney made this Official Information request to Ministry of Education

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From: Alison Kearney

Dear Ministry of Education,

1. Does the Ministry of Education have a policy regarding the use of CCTV in schools?
2. Does the Ministry of Education have guidelines for the use of CCTV in schools?
3. Are schools required to gain the permission of parents to use CCTV inside buildings within the school grounds?
4. If there is no Ministry of Education policy or guidelines for the use of CCTV in New Zealand schools, given the rise in the use of surveillance and monitoring technologies in the US and the UK (e.g. fingerprinting of students, electronic monitoring ID cards) is the Ministry of Education considering developing such policies and guidelines?

Yours faithfully,

Alison Kearney

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Dear Ms Kearney

 

Thank you for your email of 4 October 2016 regarding CCTV in schools.

 

The Ministry of Education website provides guidance to schools on
security, including security cameras (CCTV), on the following webpage:
[1]http://www.education.govt.nz/school/prop...

 

With respect to privacy issues associated with CCTV in schools, the
webpage directs schools to guidance provided by the Office of the Privacy
Commissioner on CCTV:
[2]https://www.privacy.org.nz/news-and-publ...

 

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner also provides guidance to schools
on the Privacy Act, including the use of CCTV, accessible here:
[3]https://www.privacy.org.nz/news-and-publ...

 

Schools do not require permission from parents to install CCTV. However,
guidance from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner is that there should
be notices about the presence of cameras, and policy guidelines in place
about storage and access to the information collected.

 

Decisions about the use and installation of CCTV in schools are the
responsibility of the school Board of Trustees and Principal.

 

Kind regards

 

Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education | TW
33 Bowen St, Wellington

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kia wikitoria
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tonu

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From: Alison Kearney

Dear Enquiries National,

Thank you for your responses to my questions. I am unsure of the response to the last question however:
4. If there is no Ministry of Education policy or guidelines for the use of CCTV in New Zealand schools, given the rise in the use of surveillance and monitoring technologies in the US and the UK (e.g. fingerprinting of students, electronic monitoring ID cards) is the Ministry of Education considering developing such policies and guidelines?

Is your response to this question 'no'?

Yours sincerely,

Alison Kearney

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From: Enquiries National

Dear Ms Kearney

Thank you for your further email of 7 October 2016 regarding CCTV in schools.

We are not considering developing policies and guidelines for the use of CCTV in schools. As mentioned in the earlier reply the Office of the Privacy Commissioner provides suitable guidance. Boards of Trustees are responsible for the use of CCTV in schools. We would only consider developing more detailed guidance if schools requested more guidance.

Thanks

Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education | TW
33 Bowen St, Wellington

education.govt.nz  |  Follow us on Twitter: @EducationGovtNZ

We get the job done  Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi
We are respectful, we listen, we learn  He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou
We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake kia wikitoria
We work together for maximum impact  Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui tonu

Great results are our bottom line  Ko ngā huanga tino pai ā mātou whāinga mutunga

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