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Emergency Caller Location Information (ECLI)

The ECLI service enables 111 emergency call takers to receive automatically generated geographical information about the likely location of a caller, when a 111 call is made from a mobile device on a cellular network.

The ECLI Service improves public safety and potentially saves lives. It does this by decreasing the time taken to accept and verify the location of 111 mobile callers and reducing the average dispatch time for emergency events from mobile phones.

The ECLI informs Police, Fire and Ambulance of your location when you call 111 from a mobile phone. You still need to tell the emergency call taker where you are or as much information about your location as you can. But the system helps emergency services find you faster, even if you’re not sure of your exact location.

ECLI works with all mobile phones and you don’t need to do anything different when you call 111, even if your phone’s location services are turned off. Your data is protected and your location is only provided when you call 111.

The ECLI service is also supported by registered Android devices using the 111 TXT service. Learn about the 111 TXT service

More information about how the ECLI system operates is available from MBIE. Go to MBIE website

The ECLI Service is a collaboration between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), emergency service providers and mobile network operators (like Spark). 

Spark provides network cell site data to a 111 Location Area Service (LAS) system operated by MBIE. The LAS system receives and processes ECLI, then sends it to the relevant authorised emergency service provider.

Authorised emergency service providers — New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John and Wellington Free Ambulance — can use this location information to help them verify where you are calling from, so they can respond to the emergency as quickly as possible.

  • Is GPS based location data from compatible mobile phones.
  • Is cell-site location data generated by the 111 call from your handset. 
  • Will only be used for the purpose of helping emergency service providers to identify the location of callers to 111 to respond to their request for assistance.
  • Will not be retained by the 111 LAS.
  • May be retained by Spark, together with a record of its delivery to the 111 LAS, for operational purposes for up to a year.   

The Privacy Commissioner has authorised the Emergency Caller Location Information system via an amendment to the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code 2003. This amendment includes the addition of Schedule 4 to the Code which defines the boundaries and controls on the system's use. View the privacy code

You can ask to access any of your information that Spark holds. See accessing and correcting your personal information above for how to do this. 

You can also request access to the record of your 111 call from the emergency service providers at the links listed below:

If you'd like to make a privacy complaint, there are a few different ways you can do this. View Spark's privacy complaints process

If you'd like to complain about the ECLI system, please email info@mbie.govt.nz

Complaints about Emergency Service Providers should be made to the relevant organisation.

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