Hi Upper Hutt,
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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There are 200,000-300,000 people in NZ who refuse to get vaccinated (to help prevent the spread of Covid and help lesson the effects of Covid if they themselves got it) who therefore are themselves prevented from going to certain places or attending certain events because they are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated.
As reported in the DomPost, some of these people are calling for a deduction in their local and regional council rates because of the council-owned or organised facilities they cannot attend.
This of course is nonsense as there are many, many people in NZ fully Covid vaccinated and in pre-Covid vaccination times who don't use or utilise many of the council facilities and amenities and yet must pay their full rates bill.
For a few years now I don't use in Upper Hutt, its libraries and swimming pool. Other people don't attend or use the civic centre, Expressions/Whirinaki Centre and the various parks, reserves and playgrounds and yet we all contribute fully to the greater good of the community.
Sorry anti-vaxxers - pay up.
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