Cops get power to spy on you in your home with no warrant
Police to be given right to spy
Police will be able to use wireless video cameras to spy on crime suspects in their homes for up to three months, as a result of an impending law change and technological advances. Police will normally be required to get a "surveillance device warrant" to monitor people in situations in which they might have a "reasonable expectation of privacy", such as in their homes and offices. But they could conduct surveillance for up to three days without a warrant in "certain urgent or emergency situations". Cecil Averill, chief executive of Napier telco Airnet, says battery-powered "keyhole" cameras that sent encrypted video images back over wireless broadband links could be effectively concealed in homes, but police would need training to install them.
Let’s get this straight, cops are now going to be able to break into your homes, install keyhole cameras in your house without ANY WARRANT for 3 days and spy on you and everything you do – are you kidding me – I don’t trust cops with the powers they have, let alone giving them more powers – the fact that the Police went to the Economic Development Ministry in 2006 and asked to reserve a chunk of the radio spectrum because they intend to be using wireless broadband and remote video surveillance equipment to conduct “covert operations” within 5 to 10 years suggests that the Police are not going to use these powers for “certain urgent or emergency situations” at all, they intend to use them as a matter of course and the weak oversight being given here to allow cops to spy in our homes is an outrageous intrusion of Police Powers into our personal lives – these cops should have to convince a Judge that they need to break in and install spy cameras in your home, the fact they can do so without a warrant is a shocking increase in their powers without any debate whatsoever. I am disgusted.