New Zealand police require consent to enforce quarantine via mobile phone tracking


New Zealand's lockdown protocol includes a system to allow the police to monitor the whereabouts of travellers returning home. On arrival at the border, incoming travellers are asked for a contact mobile number. Once Welfare has ensured they have suitable accommodation, they receive a text from NZ Police asking them to consent to tracking; if they do, they are required to turn on location services to allow police to monitor their compliance with quarantine. Consent is required under the terms of the Privacy Act, but police note that if individuals refuse they can be monitored via phone calls and random visits. The Ministry of Health describes the system as a "high-trust arrangement". 


Writer: Lana Andelane
Publication: Newshub