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Monday, April 28, 2008

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.

8 Comments:

At 28/4/08 10:54 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy fuck thats insane! I hope the papers latch on hard to this one.

 
At 28/4/08 12:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah right, in no time the geeks will have some device out which jams the cops's devices. Ha ha ha.

 
At 28/4/08 1:31 pm, Blogger Paul said...

"Other changes Annette King proposes would give police the power to access computer data that suspects had backed up on the Internet, and to copy information on computer drives."
That sounds scarier to me.

While I agree the police shouldn't be given these powers I can see how it might make their work easier and being under staffed and under funded their not likely to waste what little they have surveying people who don't deserve it.

 
At 28/4/08 4:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scary shit!

Paul - the police are not underfunded nor overworked. They are mostly a lazy gang of state thugs. Ever wondered how they can turn 50+ cops out to any peaceful demo, but tell people whose car has been nicked or home robbed that they 'are too busy' to send someone out?

Less powers for cops, more powers for citizens!

 
At 28/4/08 8:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all ahve nothing to fear, only the bad people need to worry. (kinda like only the people who dont support the reich should have been worried)

 
At 28/4/08 10:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Paul - the police are not underfunded nor overworked. They are mostly a lazy gang of state thugs. Ever wondered how they can turn 50+ cops out to any peaceful demo, but tell people whose car has been nicked or home robbed that they 'are too busy' to send someone out?"


You mean peaceful demos such as the rent a mob protesting that their mates got arrested for participating in armed training camps where they run around firing AK 47's, making napalm bombs and talk about killing cops?

 
At 30/4/08 1:47 am, Blogger Paul said...

The reason that there are more cops for a protest or for stupidity events such as the boy racer conventions is that when the police know something like this is coming up all police leave is canceled and police are required to work: days off/double shifts/or overtime. Ever wondered why the police are unhappy in their jobs?

Yes, there are a lot of cops out there fucking it up by acting like disaffected arseholes. Yes, they are slow to respond to something minor (car theft, burglary) that HAS occurred. But they spend most of their time dealing with situations that ARE occurring, with higher priority crimes such as assault, rape, murder, etc. They investigate and intervene in large scale drug shipments and terrorists training in the bush.

 
At 30/4/08 10:08 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would've thought that the pigs in this country would turn out to be just like the KGB and stasi.

And that thing about so-called terrorists in the Urewera is just plain old bullshit. There's an election coming up remember.

 

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