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


US privacy concerns too close to home

Communications and IT Spokesperson


US privacy concerns too close to home

Revelations that the US equivalent of the GCSB has been routinely monitoring US citizens phone calls, texts and social media activity impacts directly on Kiwis, says Labour’s Communications, IT and Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The National Government is currently pushing two new laws through Parliament that would give the GCSB and other agencies here, more powers to spy on Kiwis.

“Submissions on both the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Bill and the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill are due next Thursday 13 June.

“That’s not enough time for New Zealanders to consider the implications of both bills. Kiwis care about law changes that impinge on their civil rights and personal privacy. The deadline for submissions needs to be extended.

“One of the Bills is even being considered behind closed doors, with no public discussion – that’s intolerable.

“Reports say the US National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting metadata on tens of millions of US citizens phone calls. It has now been confirmed that NSA also uses a program called PRISM to access extensive user content held by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple. Although access is targeted at non-US citizens, it includes searches on US citizens too.

“With the bills before Parliament threatening to offer New Zealand agencies similar powers, people are rightly concerned.

“The Government can’t steamroll opposition and dismiss proper process on legislation as important as this,” Clare Curran said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news