Case Note 202975 [2010] NZ Priv Cmr 19: Man seeks information from Police

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The complainant made a request to the Police for the personal information they held about him in relation to an incident in which Police had been involved. This incident related to immigration charges that had been laid against the complainant by the Department of Labour. He specifically requested information about whether he had been under surveillance by Police prior to the incident. The Police provided him with a copy of the information about him that was held electronically on the National Intelligence Application (NIA) database. Police also relied on section 32 of the Privacy Act to refuse to either confirm or deny that they held the requested surveillance information. The complainant asked us to review the Police’s response. He believed that a hard copy file existed in addition to the electronic NIA record. He also did not accept that the Police could rely on section 32 in relation to his…