Rights Check New Zealand
A lot has happened in the past few days:
1) The Government has finally released its own Contact Tracing app called NZ Covid Tracer. The sign-up process is complete with a full disclosure statement of where your data will be stored and how it will be used. This is in total compliance with the Privacy Act. Third-party QR code and installable apps don't necessarily comply – don't be forced to use them.
You can read more about it here:
2) The New Zealand Police have agreed that Paper Registers are a violation of Privacy Laws – as we have been saying all along – don't use them.
3) People are telling us that some stores are clearly intending to use the Paper Register information to add to their marketing list -- without getting your approval. This is actually an offence (as verified with the New Zealand Police) since the Ministry of Health set the rules for how stores are to use the information you supplied.
4) If retailers simply stopped using the paper register system that would do a lot to keep staff and customers safe. There is a 100% risk of cross-contamination if the pen is not sanitised after each use. The paper register itself CANNOT be sanitised as it would destroy the writing. These are Health and Safety violations.
5) We have been informed that two places are photographing you for use with facial recognition systems. This too is a violation of Privacy Laws.
The current Level 2 rules:
Retail: Contact Tracing NOT required.
Hospitality/Restaurants: Contact Tracing required.
Gyms: Contact Tracing required.
Libraries, Council Pools: Contact Tracing required.
Do not be bullied by retail shops for your personal information.
We still believe that being FORCED to divulge personal information BEFORE someone can enter a shop or purchase is OUTRAGEOUS, especially when the government has said that retail stores don't have to do this.
We are providing New Zealanders with an online database to:
- Determine which National and Local retailers are violating our personal right to privacy and health/safety rights – so that we can avoid shopping there. This is called VOTING WITH YOUR MONEY. Don't support retailers who want to step on your rights.
- See any ALTERNATIVE retailers who are NOT subjecting their customers to this nonsense.
- List all retailers who have seen the error of their ways and are no longer doing the invasive Contact Tracing.
- ADD any retailers you come across who are forcing you to divulge your personal information to this list.
How to Use This Site
You can use the coloured buttons above or the menu to see the retailers list.
You can also Submit an Entry of a Retailer (National or Local) who is doing this Contact Tracing in-store.
We are also very interested to know if MALLS are preventing entry into the mall itself without Contact Tracing. Please let us know.
All that we ask is that you fill out the details accurately and correctly so that we may contact you to verify any of the information that you sent us.
You should be able to shop without having to divulge your personal information!
Let people know about this website. VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY!
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Why Are Retailers Doing This?
We really don't know why (yet), because according to the Government website, they DON'T HAVE TO.
- need to keep customers 2 metres apart
- do not need to keep records of customers to enable contact tracing.
There is absolutely no reason why retailers (big or small) are forcing their customers to endure this method of fear and control.
Security and Privacy Rights are Being Breached
If you don't have a phone, you are being forced to put your personal details on a paper register and sign it.
That register is TOTALLY VISIBLE TO EVERYBODY who comes into that store and can be easily photographed.
Update: The New Zealand Police verified that public registers are violating privacy laws:
"Glenfield Mall in north Auckland was initially told it needed public registers, but then the police visited and said they couldn't do that, due to privacy issues." – Newshub, 18/05/2020
Under the Privacy Act, retailers have a DUTY OF CARE to protect their customer's personal information. A paper register that is displayed in the open showing all of the customers' information is a violation of this duty of care and a breach of the Privacy Act.
This happened at a Subway in Auckland:
Restaurant Worker Suspended After Using Customer's Coronavirus Contact Tracing Details to Hit on Her
An employee at a New Zealand Subway restaurant has reportedly been suspended after allegedly sexually harassing a woman online after she shared her personal information as part of a coronavirus contact tracing effort.
Online Contact Tracing
Many places are offering 3rd Party 'SCAN the QR CODE' method of contact tracing. HOWEVER, did anybody stop to realize that YOU DID NOT SIGN ANY PRIVACY AGREEMENT with that online company? Just because the government says that it is a safe way to collect your data, is it really? How come we are subject to signing Privacy Agreement forms each time we open a bank account, credit account, online account, etc, but suddenly, in this case, no privacy agreement is required...
Why is that?
The Government has finally released its own Contact Tracing app called NZ Covid Tracer. The sign-up process is complete with a full disclosure statement of where your data will be stored and how it will be used. This is in total compliance with the Privacy Act. Third-party QR code and installable apps don't necessarily comply.
You can read more about it here:
These 3rd-party companies are not giving any Disclosure documents for you to sign before they take your data.
WHERE is your data being stored? What country? If it is is on AMAZON AWS servers in the USA, they are subject to search and seizure by the US Government.
Where is the proof that your private information is actually safe?
Hygiene and Safety Issues
Retail shops are not trained in Bloodborne Pathogens, Hygiene Protocols, or Cross-contamination, nor should they have to be.
The educational standard in Bloodborne Pathogens and Hygiene training is about a 20-hour course and covers all the aspects you would NEED TO KNOW to PREVENT disease transmission.
The stupidity of 'perceived safety': The government is telling us that 'Contact Tracing' will save lives. BUT here is the reality of that fools-dream:
- THE PEN! (One Pen for ALL!) Doesn't the government even realise that tens and maybe hundreds of people are USING THAT SAME PEN to sign the register?! Do you think that a shop employee is SANITISING that pen between each person using it? If they aren't sanitising the pen after EACH USE then there is a HUGE chance of passing the virus between people. You are having 'virus sex' with EVERYBODY before you who used that pen. Ew!
- THE PAPER REGISTER! The same goes for the paper that the register is printed on. It is NOT POSSIBLE to write your information down without coming in contact with the paper. It is very well-known that virus and microbes attach easily to paper because it is porous. AND...you can't spray sanitising products on the paper, it will ruin the written entries.
The misuse of Paper Registers without proper hygiene protocols is a clear violation of our Health and Safety Rights.