A call to 111 will now automatically locate you

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A call to 111 will now automatically locate you

A new system will automatically trace the location of a caller when they dial 111 from their mobile phone – with the Government acknowledging associated privacy concerns.

More than 80 per cent of 111 calls are made from mobile phones and last year police had to ask a network provider for location information more than 1800 times – a process that could be too slow in emergency situations.

“All location data will only be held for 60 minutes and will then be deleted.”

Simon Bridges

The ability for emergency services to more accurately trace callers was recommended by Coroner Ian Smith after the death of Jason Roach, who died in December 2010 after calling police who could not locate him.

The new caller location system was detailed this morning in Wellington by Police Minister Paula Bennett, Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne.

 

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