Three tools have been trialled or used by Police to search publicly available information during investigations, but they will not reveal which ones.
Some of these have sparked controversy overseas, including one tool that was used to track Black Lives Matter protesters or monitor electronic chatter.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster has defended using these digital tools, and faced criticism for it, with digital rights groups worried online surveillance is escalating.
Auckland technologist Andrew Chen has argued police need to more transparent when deploying a tool and its justification.
Police said the 2020 stocktake was a "snapshot" only and was only revealing what it could to build public confidence.
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On the 23rd December I brought a Xavieramax from oversea Neitherland it arrived in Wellington or Lower Hutt on the 11th January & it said it was delivered the 18th at the destination but not my address, so i rang nz post gave my tracking number, name & and address, its a gift from my son & I, we brought for my granddaughter this is the 2nd gift that has disappeared, the first gift was a ride on car which the company never delivered, so that in process of court now, nz post got it investigated & it is said the guy from nz post doesn't deliver in Naenae & I know that's a lie what I'm asking if anyone got an Xavieramax or know of anyone that got delivered one with my name on it Cheryl Tumai or spelt with an S I'd be greatful to get it or pick it up I'm heart broken, the lady at nz post said it had another address it, I know I wrote the right addresss, i had money saved for that, my moko was the only one out of my moko who missed out on her Christmas present, so so please anyone if use know anything or whose got it I need it back, I will post a picture simular to it, I'm almost in tears, plz, I'm trying to figure how to add the photo its in my photo album my number is 0225648239
Helen Moore, from Napier, sent us this sad but lovely story on Snuffy and PK.
"Snuffy, aged 17, a fierce defender of her property, a drama queen and dedicated rodent hunter. Died from kidney failure late 2018. PK, a massive show off and occasional thief, her sister, died aged 19 early in 2021, a week after my husband died. She comforted me beforehand even though she was unwell herself, snuggling up and licking the tears from my face."
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