The New Zealand’s controversial GCSB bill, which will legalize spying on citizens has secured enough votes to be passed in the Parliament. The bill will allow goverment to intercept the communications of New Zealanders in its role as the national cyber security agency.
The Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Bill expands the legal power of the GCSB to spy upon New Zealanders. Its empowering legislation prohibits it from spying on citizen of New Zealand but it has done so 88 times since 2003, mainly in helping other domestic agencies.
“After admitting they have illegally spied on New Zealand citizens or residents 88 times since 2003, the government, in a stunning example of arse covering, is about to grant the GCSB the right to intercept the communications of New Zealand’s citizens in its role as the national cyber security agency, rather than examine the role the GCSB should play and then look at the laws. There has been strong criticism from many avenues. The bill is being opposed by Labor and the Greens, but it looks like National now have the numbers to get this passed. Of course, the front page story is all about the royal baby, with this huge erosion of privacy relegated to a small article near the bottom of the front page. Three cheers, the monarchy is secure, never mind the rights of the people. More bread and circuses anyone?”
And, so they are making it official to spy on citizens.