a 'widespread practice', investigation finds
An investigation has found police are routinely and illegally photographing and filming young people and adults, the police and privacy watchdogs say.
That is just one of the findings in their bombshell joint inquiry that has revealed systemic problems with the way police take, store and use people's private biometric information.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) and the Privacy Commission (OPC) launched their investigation as a direct result of reporting by RNZ that police in Wairarapa were unlawfully photographing young Māori.
In response to the report, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said it accepted the findings about photos taken of rangatahi.