Camera cops possibly breaching privacy laws
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 7:39a.m.
Christchurch police filming incidents they attend could be breaching privacy laws, the Privacy Commission warns.
Officers called to disorder incidents take cameras to help gather evidence and avoid false complaints about police conduct.
But a Privacy Commission spokeswoman told The Press police needed to make people aware they were filming, and why, and ensure no one's rights were breached.
"They should also have clear policies about things like storage of the information and who will be able to get access to it," she said.
She said while there would be instances where police would need to film covertly without informing the public, such instances would be "very unusual".
Canterbury police operations manager Inspector Craig McKay said the footage captured by officers at riots and events like the Undie 500 car rally were "the best evidence we can use in court".
"This is no different from people holding up their iPhone or cellphone and filming the police deployment," he said.
A man arrested for disorderly behaviour complained to The Press that he had been filmed while drinking in a bar.
The bar's owner also objected to the practice, calling it "rude".
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20/07/2012 12:22:20 p.m.
I think this is great, I totally love watching NZ police in action on the few TV shows we have, MOST other country's have a whole channel for this. I would love to see and know all police working with public problems are being filmed and all car's with camera's. This would most definitely help central with making the right call as they can see what is going on and not thinking in there minds and make life and death calls for there staff and the public a lot more accurate.
I am all for this as I am already being filmed everywhere i go, weather it be on the street with speed camera's or fixed and in shop's or mall's. they are there to protect me and my family that's a fact. People don't complain about that. Unless they use it agents them then they cry foul.
Do the crime - Do the time !
Filming will only help the officers get convictions and that has to help the public a LOT !
20/07/2012 9:59:32 a.m.
Then the privacy laws need changing. Once again, the law seems to protect the villain rather than the innocent, and as usual corrupt lawyers use these very laws to protect their criminal clients. The police should be able to video anything and anyone, covertly or otherwise, and have use of it in court.
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