New Zealand Government Forcing Internet Companies and Network Operators to provide Interception capability
New Zealand Government Forcing Internet Companies and Network Operators to provide Interception capability: In August the New Zealand has passed a bill that radically expands the powers of The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), an intelligence agency of the New Zealand government, equivalent of the National Security Agency (NSA).
The bill demands the companies and other network operators like Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo must allow New Zealand spy agencies a certain path to monitor user communications, but it will also violate the rights of New Zealand citizens.
Today afternoon the controversial of Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill made progress in the House in its Second Reading. A number of minor changes were made in select committee. Labour Leader David Cunliffe said his party continued to strongly oppose the legislation as it did not provide protection for the privacy of communications from spying by the state.
In a supplementary order paper to the Telecommunications Bill, Amy Adams is proposing to dump Clause 39 which allows the Government to block an overseas-based company from offering services in New Zealand if they do not comply with the proposed law, but may face pecuniary penalties.