A new bill to make it easier for police to use mobile phones to record footage of officers has been passed by Parliament.
Key points: The Government is planning to introduce the bill next month, and it’s likely to be enacted as soon as this weekThe bill will allow police to obtain a warrant to search mobile phones without a warrantThe Government says the new rules will “make it easier to record officers using mobile phones”The bill, which passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, has been dubbed the ‘mobile phone camera bill’ by opposition politicians.
It’s a key part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ‘smart phone bill’, which she’s pushing through Parliament and the Government is expected to pass by the end of the week.
The legislation allows police to get a warrant for using a mobile phone to record video, images and audio.
It says the legislation is intended to “help police use their police powers effectively”.
Opposition parties say the bill could be used to spy on New Zealanders.
“It will leave people with the knowledge that the police are listening in on their conversations, listening to their calls, reading their emails, even spying on their emails,” Opposition Leader David Seymour said.
“This is going to be a surveillance bill.
It’s going to put people’s privacy at risk.”
Police have previously said they have no plans to change the current law.
Opposition politicians said the Government needed to take more time to make sure it was in the public interest.
“I think the Government needs to be careful because they don’t want to be accused of a surveillance conspiracy,” Mr Seymour said on Thursday.
“The Opposition has already said that they will oppose the bill.
That is just wrong.
The Opposition is saying that they want to use this legislation as an excuse to go after the Government.”
Police already have a law that allows them to use a phone camera to record police when they enter a public place.
However, the bill would extend that to all officers, including the members of the Public Order and Criminal Investigations Unit.
Mr Seymour said the bill was a “fantasy”.
“This law will enable police to do more.
It will allow them to enter a building and take pictures of a person.
It is not going to stop people from recording police officers.
It just makes it easier,” he said.
The bill passed by parliament in the first session of Parliament on Thursday will come into effect on September 1.
The Police Act is a cornerstone of New Zealand law, and a key piece of the countrys policing strategy, which involves a focus on reducing crime and preventing disorder.
A new bill passed last year also included a section to allow police access to cameras that had been confiscated by the police, and the Police Act later made it a criminal offence to seize or use a mobile device without a police warrant.
It is the first time a government has passed legislation like this.
In February, the Government announced that the use of a mobile camera to capture police videos would be banned for six months.