New Zealand govt to give GCSB power to spy on citizens

RNZ | 15 Aug 2016 New spy laws considered by Cabinet Cabinet is considering new legislation for New Zealand’s spy agencies this morning, with a view to introducing the bill to Parliament this week. Above: the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)’s spy base at Waihopai, near Blenheim.  A recent review recommended the Government Communications Security…

SIS files: Fears for sex, drugs and alcohol data

NZ Herald | 7 April 2016 Our spies have been rapped for loose controls around the largest collection of sensitive information held by any government department which includes details of people’s alcohol and drug use — and their sexual behaviour. The systems were so loose the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security said there was…

NZ government spies without warrant

NZ Herald | 31 March 2016 Concern over an imminent terrorist act led our internal intelligence agency to carry out urgent surveillance without a legal warrant under special new powers. It is unclear whether the suspected terrorist activity was aimed inside New Zealand or offshore. The fact was revealed in a sparse report from Security…

Hard to spy gains from Five Eyes

NZ Herald | 15 March 2016 Cullen-Reddy report finds little to offset concerns raised by our links with global intelligence network The intelligence services report by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy sheds more light on the GCSB’s work with the Five Eyes network, but it also leaves several questions unanswered. Since the Snowden…