The Herald this morning reported on how the police obtained a search warrant to seize Teapot taper Bradley Ambrose’s text messages. Law Professor Bill Hodge described the obtaining the warrant as mind boggling. As Hodge said: Why in hell would they have those, for what investigatory purpose? The police do have the capacity to get a warrant.
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Seems “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” has its limits… Parliamentary Service head Geoff Thorn resigns By Kate Shuttleworth @K8Shuttleworth UPDATED EXPAND The head of Parliamentary Service has taken a hit over the accessing of Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance’s phone records and resigned today. Speaker of Parliament David Carter issued a statement
4:22 PM Wednesday Jul 31, 2013 American multinational software company Microsoft and internet giant Google have told a select committee considering the GCSB companion bill it will stifle innovation and could impact on economic growth. The bill gives the Government the power to force the companies to provide electronic spy agency, the GCSB, with access
Privacy has been much in the news recently. Major public and private sector agencies (ACC; IRD; MSD; the banks) have been found wanting in how they have handled personal information, some of it sensitive, relating to identifiable individuals. Appropriately, the Privacy Commissioner has recently described 2012 as ‘the year of the data breach’.
NICKY HAGER The New Zealand military received help from US spy agencies to monitor the phone calls of Kiwi journalist Jon Stephenson and his associates while he was in Afghanistan reporting on the war. Stephenson has described the revelation as a serious violation of his privacy, and the intrusion into New Zealand media freedom