The Privacy Commissioner wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, pleading with the Government not to give Police a "blank cheque for information sharing".

In a letter, released by the Police, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards expressed his "significant concerns" regarding parts of the national firearms registry legislation, before it went before Parliament.

Specifically, he was worried about how the bill would have made it easier for government departments to share people's information with each other.

"In essence," Edwards said in the letter, which was dated August 5, "Police is asking ministers for a blank cheque for information sharing."


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