Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


TICS Bill is Still Bad for New Zealand Digital Businesses

15th October 2013

TICS Bill is Still Bad for New Zealand Digital Businesses

Minister for ICT, Amy Adams has released an SOP which makes some changes to the controversial Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill (TICS Bill). This will be introduced to Parliament today as the Bill receives its second reading.

It is very late in the day to be making changes without time for review. Analysing the SOP against the Bill will take time. One of NZRise members' concerns was that despite this legislation being a response to significant changes in technology there has been very little consultation with technologists when it comes to drafting and updating definitions. And there has been no public debate about how much of this additional interception capability is appropriate.

The key issue for the NZ digital sector, the definition of "network operator", has not been addressed. We can assume this extraordinarily broad and sloppy definition is deliberate. The flow chart on page 2 of a document released by the Minister late yesterday shows just how much control the GCSB is demanding over our systems and why digital companies, like Catalyst, have so much reason for concern. In a letter to the Minister of 9th October, it was stated:

"The irony of describing this new Bill as an attempt to update our legislation whilst retaining the—now very dated—definition of network operator is not lost on the local digital sector".

Whilst the rewording of clause 54 (SOP page 4 and 5) seems to allow the Minister to address some concerns we have raised this is only on a case by case basis, with unclear criteria, and doesn't give the industry any certainty. Getting to the point of Ministerial review of a GCSB decision seems to be a long, expensive and arduous process.

NZRise members are requesting that the Minister delays the second reading of the bill, to give adequate time to analyse the SOP's wording and consult further.

Until we have been able to do that we remain opposed to the Bill.

Full text of this topic in NZRise Internal Discussion: http://nzrise.onlinegroups.net/r/topic/1Zs5Chq1RSxKWs3acuwvqD

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Salvation Army On Homelessness: Hard Times In West Auckland

The report details an uncomfortable story of people whose only option is to live an unhealthy, dangerous and damaging street life... The social housing needed by these people is not currently available in sufficient quantity. More social housing is required in the West. More>>

ALSO:

Message For PM: NZ Supports Te Reo Māori – You Should Too

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More>>

ALSO:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news