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
Stop GCSB spying on New Zealanders
Sir Edmund Thomas to chair Stop the GCSB Bill meeting