Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Telco Interception Bill To Be Debated

The Government is planning to make progress on more controversial spying legislation when Parliament resumes this afternoon

After Question Time, MPs are scheduled to debate the second reading of Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill

This Government says the bill seeks to repeal and replace the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004 in order to ensure that interception obligations applying to the telecommunications industry are clear, do not impose unnecessary compliance costs, and are sufficiently flexible to respond to current and future operational needs and technological developments.

The bill is opposed by Labour and the Greens who say it oversteps the mark and is an intrusion of privacy beyond what is needed to protect national security.

A number of minor changes were made in select committee, but these did not satisfy a number of those opposed to many provisions in the bill.

Local telecommunication and internet companies have issues with the requirements on them to comply with Government instructions on network requirements.

Internet giants such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others also say the bill is onerous and out of step with similar legislation in other jurisdictions.

The responsible minister Amy Adams is introducing further amendments in the committee stage.

This will be followed by the third readings of the Maritime Transport Amendment Bill, split into two bills, Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill and the Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 2).

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Pitch Perfect

Among his other blessings, Pope Francis has been a gift to the world of marketing studies. There can be few other examples where a leader has transformed the perception of an enterprise so thoroughly, but without making any discernible change to its core principles. More>>

ALSO:

US Politics: The Democrats Try To Engage With America (Again)

Venues are being rebooked to accommodate the thousands of people coming to listen to Vermont Senator, avowed socialist, and presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders talk about the redistribution of wealth. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Deal Over Iran’s Phantom Nukes (And Nuking Greece’s Future)

How could Iran continue to be expected to do all the military heavy lifting in the battle against Islamic State, while still being economically sanctioned and isolated for the threat that Teheran allegedly poses to the region? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 56 Out Now: Pope, Secret Evidence, Point Break, Democrats, Pigeons

Hi and welcome to the 56th edition of Werewolf, in which our cover story this month analyses the remarkable change of global public opinion towards the Papacy that Pope Francis has wrought - especially so, given the depths of unpopularity to which the Vatican had sunk during the reign of his predecessor… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Crisis In Greece

Greece, as the cradle of democracy, is getting no brownie points for actually practicing it. The decision by the Greek government to go back to the people for a mandate for the bailout terms being proposed by the Eurozone seems entirely appropriate. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news