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


New computer lab targets paedophiles

New computer lab targets paedophiles

A new, state of the art computer laboratory will assist Censorship Compliance Unit inspectors target local and international consumers of child pornography.

Opening the laboratory based in the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington, Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins said the new laboratory would further boost the work of the Unit, which already had an internationally established reputation as a world-class facility.

Under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993, seven staff employed by the Unit monitor the Internet for people trading in objectionable material, including child pornography. The inspectors are based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

“As new technology and software become available to pedophiles, enforcement agencies must keep up to counter them. This laboratory is the first in New Zealand to features the latest available equipment and software,” Mr Hawkins said.

Computers seized by Department inspectors exercising search warrants in New Zealand are sent to the Unit where they are dismantled. Exact copies of the hard drives are then made using forensic software and data on the drives, including deleted files, analysed.

“The system is searched for information hidden in any way, encrypted material can be found and deciphered, and detailed histories of all e-mail, Internet activity and applications run are made,” Mr Hawkins said.

Mr Hawkins said analysis was vital because prosecutions succeeded or failed on the strength of evidence inspectors found in computer systems.

“Not only must the use of the hardware and software be technically correct, the inspectors must also comply with all laws of evidence so it can stand up in court,” Mr Hawkins said.

Mr Hawkins said information sharing directly between international agencies and via Interpol is common, with the Unit maintaining close links with enforcement agencies in Australia, the United States, Britain, Germany, the European Union and many other countries.

The Unit’s work in providing leads or responding to information supplied by overseas agencies had resulted in numerous convictions internationally.

For example, on the eight separate occasions where the Unit has provided intelligence to Norwegian authorities, eight successful prosecutions have resulted.

“The Unit is frequently commended by overseas agencies for its ability to work in well with them, the quality of information provided and the many successful prosecutions that have resulted,” Mr Hawkins said.

Since the Unit was set up in 1996, it had investigated more than 480 New Zealanders involved in Internet based child pornography, resulting in 101 convictions. There were around 25-30 prosecutions a year in New Zealand with 20 cases currently pending, Mr Hawkins said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Epic Fails Of Kris Faafoi

Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither been kind nor just, especially to the migrants whose skills New Zealand will need to get us through Covid, and grow the economy into the future... More>>

Covid-19 & Government: Government Green Lights Rapid Antigen Testing

Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall... More>>



Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>


Government: Books Show Resilient And Strong Economy
The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast... More>>

Healthcare: Health System Is Ready For Assisted-dying Law
The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>

Children's Commissioner: Call For Mandatory Vaccination Of Children’s Workforce
The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are calling for a plan for the mandatory vaccination of teachers and the entire children’s workforce in New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels