Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Are Chinese spies monitoring Fonterra and NZers?

3 October 2008

Are Chinese spies monitoring Fonterra and New Zealanders?

New Zealanders will be disturbed to learn that China has been conducting a massive spying operation on the online phone service Skype, and that one of the trigger phrases is 'milk powder', Green Party Human Rights Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

"Our Government should make an official complaint about China's surveillance of Skype communications, which may include business communications from New Zealand firms such as Fonterra, as well as personal conversations," Mr Locke says.

A Canadian computer security group, Citizen Lab, has discovered a huge Chinese surveillance system censoring and archiving messages with key words like 'Taiwan independence', 'Falun Gong' and 'milk powder'.

"Many New Zealand Chinese will be disturbed to learn about the monitoring of the 'skyping' to family back home. Many conversations and texts would have referred to the milk powder scandal - and details of all of those communications are now recorded in the million plus Tom-Skype surveillance archive," Mr Locke says.

"Some family members could get a black security mark if they made candid comments on Skype about democracy, Tibetan rights or the SanLu-Fonterra scandal.

"Now that New Zealand has a free trade and investment agreement with China, we should use what leverage we have to ensure the privacy of business communications.

"Privacy in China is a one-way street. In China, secrecy and state control was used to cover up the milk powder scandal, and at the same time the efforts to bring it to light was being secretly monitored".


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election