Partnerships, engagement or other requests for access to images from home surveillance devices
Dear Victoria Police,
I am writing under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to request any documents relating to current partnerships or other arrangements between Victoria Police and any private manufacturers or distributors of home surveillance devices.
There are recent news reports that 400 law enforcement authorities in the United States have entered into partnership with Ring (a subsidiary of Amazon), allowing them access to view video recordings during active investigations. I wish to understand if any similar arrangements exist within Australia's law enforcement system.
In particular I request the following:
- Purchase orders, invoices, contracts, loan agreements, solicitation letters, correspondence with companies and other similar records regarding the methods by which law enforcement authorities can access video or still imagery from home surveillance devices;
- Marketing or promotional materials received by Victoria Police relating to home surveillance devices;
- All requests made to Victoria Police by companies or government agencies to keep confidential any aspect of the use of or access to home surveillance devices, including any non-disclosure agreements;
- Legislation, codes of practice, policy statements, guides, manuals, memoranda, presentations, training materials or other records governing law enforcement authority's access to footage from home surveillance devices, including restrictions on when, where, how and against whom they may be used; limitations on retention and use of collected data; guidance on when a warrant or other legal process must be obtained; and rules governing when the existence and use of such access methods may be revealed to the public, criminal defendants, or judges.
Tim Singleton Norton
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