NZ police strengthen commitments to use technology safely and responsibly

NZ Police has today released a specific policy around the use of emergent technology.

The policy provides guidance for staff who are given opportunities to use or test new technology, and outlines the steps required to be taken before new technology can be trialled or introduced.

It also applies in situations where extra functionality is being added to an existing technology.

“The policy released today acknowledges that emergent technologies can have an important part to play in modern policing, and it supports staff to innovate in their work,” says Police Commissioner Andrew Coster.

“It also recognises that the use of emergent technologies can have privacy, security and ethical implications, which must be carefully weighed before such technologies are trialled or introduced.”

The policy applies to all Police staff, as well as contractors who are providing services to Police.

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