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GCSB Bill scaring off investors

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, July 4th, 2013 - 102 comments
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One of National’s favourite lines of attack on any significant lefty policy is that it will “scare off investors”. Capital flight! End of the world! And so on and so on. So how about this then?

Google warns of backlash to spy bill

Google has warned that new spy laws introduced by the Government could result in communications companies quitting New Zealand or scaling back their operations.

The company has joined a list of critics, from Telecom and Kim Dotcom’s Mega to the Law Society, in raising concerns about the Telecommunications Interception Capability and Security Bill, which is in front of Parliament’s law and order select committee. …

In a written submission, Google, the United States internet giant, said the “significant additional costs, time and challenges” imposed by the proposed law change could discourage local and international communications firms from making new services available in New Zealand and could lead to some existing providers quitting the country or scaling back their offerings.

Google recognised “interception tools are necessary for the effective maintenance of law”. But the tools given to security agencies should be “proportional” and a lack of transparency in some processes set out in the bill “would likely raise public fears of unjustified intrusion into their privacy”. …

Imagine the impact on the New Zealand economy if Google and telecommunications companies decide that the tiny New Zealand market simply isn’t worth the effort.

Somebody needs to ask Key what his government’s response to this threat is. He needs to have an answer, it is completely irresponsible to proceed without one.

102 comments on “GCSB Bill scaring off investors”

  1. Descendant Of Sssmith 1

    It’s quite simple to resolve isn’t.

    No data is to be collected on any NZ citizen except upon the issue of a legitimate warrant from a judge.

    The GCSB cannot collect any data on NZ citizens within NZ.

    The police must use their own resources to collect data on NZ citizens.

    No foreign agency, whether private or government is permitted to collect data on NZ citizens without a New Zealand issued warrant.

    No data collected outside a warrant can be permissible in a court of law.

    • Watching 1.1

      DOS, I agree with your resolution but on your point 4:

      “No foreign agency, whether private or government is permitted to collect data on NZ citizens without a New Zealand issued warrant”

      If a NZ citizen choose to travel overseas, enter personal data into global apps like Facebook, joins & communicates with overseas organisations like anything from a medical to a lobby group, use web based emails account like hotmail, access NZ web sites that are hosted overseas (which I think The Standard could be), uses communications cell or skype networks etc I don’t thinks a foreign agency needs to ask or even can be stopped collecting data especially if the data is held in their country & operating under their laws.

      Also there nothing to stop a foreign agency accessing low level free information like the White Pages data for cross referencing.

      As a matter of interest where is the white pages servers?

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 1.1.1

        Can’t see any reason why under international agreements the collection of individual information on global systems can’t take into account individual countries privacy requirements.

        It’s only programming.

        • Watching 1.1.1.1

          If China or US or X says no – what next.

          Its not a programming issue (which as you state is a straight forward solution), but rather accepting those countries are not going to change their laws regarding foreigners.

          The point I was trying to make that this data is not NZ base data but data that is held in the US that allows them (under their laws to track foreigners).

          To them a NZ’er is just another foreigner. Just ask anyone on this blog who has just transited through a US airport

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            NZ is a “second party” intelligence partner of the US. That gives us, in theory, significant benefits as an ally of the USA.

            • Watching 1.1.1.1.1.1

              CV what does “NZ is a “second party” intelligence partner of the US” mean?

              • Colonial Viper

                Equal in status alongside Canada, Australia, UK. Ahead of all other NATO countries. Germany and France are “third party” partners, for instance. There is only one country ranked “first party” intelligence cooperation status: the US itself.

                • Rogue Trooper

                  and that is why there is the defiance and urgency of the Nats to further cement intelligence alliance with the rest of the members; particularly in relationship to the Geographical location of New Zealand.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.2

          If you look at what has happened in Europe over the last 36 hours with countries like Spain, France, Italy, Portugal initially expressing outrage that they are being spied on by the USA and UK (and not just their governments being spied on, but also their ordinary citizens and businesses).

          That outrage going immediately to those same countries banning Morales government jet from refuelling or flying over their airspace, on US suspicions that Snowden was hidden onboard. This forced the Bolivian air force jet carrying the leader of a South American country to turn around and make an unplanned landing in Austria, as it was running out of fuel.

          No more crony, subservient, satellite state behaviour could be found. Its like the old days when Moscow would say jump and Budapest would say how high, sir.

          Take away message: international laws, conventions and treaties will be abrogated at will.

          • Populuxe1 1.1.1.2.1

            Again, this would be the France whose Secret Service were despatched to little ol’ New Zealand (not sure if we were a second party intelligence pardner of the US in those days) to blow up the Rainbow Warrior in one of our ports? The Italian SISMI which has been implicated in everything from the yellowcake forgery to the Imam Rapito affair? Everyone is at it all of the time. Everyone is dirty.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.2.1.1

              You’re an idiot.

              EDIT oh I guess I better add something else to this

              it’s a shame you don’t see the true issue here (as opposed to whining about “they’re all the same”), and have not even addressed a single aspect of the events of which I wrote about.

              Essentially these governments and their politicians no longer serve their citizens; they in fact have next to no sovereign independence left in their decision making.

              Now you may enjoy being a little whiny but ultimately subservient apparatchik, but I’d prefer to see movement towards a nice healthy democracy instead.

              • Populuxe1

                Yes but you seem to be under the impression that it was ever different. The state has always conducted surveilance on its citizens. Governments and politicians have never served their citizens – they have always managed them. When they don’t manage their citizens, you end up with Somalia. Gosh you old fogeys are hung up on your utopian ideals. And yet in the same breath you’d probably self-righteously screech that the need for freedom should not outweigh the need for fairness.
                What exactly do you want? Are you some kind of krypto-libertarian?

                • Colonial Viper

                  yeah. whatever. I never noticed a panopticon surveillance state before but now I have. Little toady apparatchik.

                  • Populuxe1

                    Yup. You’ve been living on the grid since birth – birth certificate and hospital records. School records. Your first bank account. Any power or phone account in your name. Any lease you sign. Tax returns. Credit rating. Police record. The whole shebang. Why are you suddenly getting worked up about it now?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Also, lets get away from this idea that “spying on citizens” is what is happening. This is not a couple of guys sitting outside your house in a car checking when you arrive and leave.

                  What is actually happening is a surveillance state apparatus where without exception all your electronic and voice communications are intercepted, permanently stored on global databases for access at any future time, for any use deemed fit, anywhere in the world.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Further you remember when the Google cars came around and they were found to have matched physical addresses and geographical location information against local wifi/IP addresses and other virtual data?

                  That reference table is crucial in being able to accurately relate the virtual signals captured, to whereabouts in real physical space.

                  • Populuxe1

                    Resulting in an incredibly useful resource that most of us probably use several times a week.

  2. One Anonymous Knucklehead 2

    I think there’s a typo in that last sentence. “Responsible”?

    How incompetent is this government? How much more international ridicule and contempt will they bring upon New Zealand?

    • Wyndham 2.1

      Somebody needs to ask Key what his government’s response to this threat is. He needs to have an answer, it is completely responsible to proceed without one.

      Irresponsible ?

    • r0b 2.2

      Ooops – fixed – ta

  3. Alanz 3

    “GCSB Bill scaring off investors”

    Yes, this has been raised by my IT mates. The GCSB Bill is generating real issues of concern over the security of commercially sensitive information, valuable business data and intellectual property.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 3.1

      It seems a little odd that that bill is causing concern considering the Snowden revelations – which really just confirmed what many people thought anyway.

      I’d be more sympathetic to private enterprise concerns if they didn’t monitor what I do and sell my name and phone number and address and online shopping habits, etched to others.

      If they track, use and sell my private information then there’s no reason why others shouldn’t track, sell and use theirs.

      Their concern seems to only be in their own self interest.

      • Sable 3.1.1

        Yes how odd people don’t want officials they elected and then pay for every day they go to work spying on them. What are we thinking, after all this is a tin pot democracy at best and we are lucky we are not all placed in shackles.

        And yes, businesses do sell private information but they are subject to oversight by government and bound by legal statute. So who is has oversight for Keys and co should they collect our data? Oh, that’s right, NO-ONE!!!!!!

        • Descendant Of Sssmith 3.1.1.1

          Government collection is open to legal restrictions and oversight as well.

          The private sector is less open to oversight than you profess.

          Try and find out who your information has been sold to by say the yellow pages.

          Try and find out how those pricks ringing my wife during the day and at night to sell her all sorts of crap and schemes got her unlisted phone number or cell phone number.

          Try and find out how your online shopping Information is actually used and shared with.

          My point wasn’t that one is better or different to the other it was no one should collect information on me without my permission or a warrant.

          Private or government.

          • Watching 3.1.1.1.1

            DOS. to answer your question “got her unlisted phone number or cell phone number.”

            This is easy your wife has entered her cell phone into a site somewhere.

            Also (although never have seen it used in NZ) but if you have say 500-1000 cell numbers (like a sport club official – that football club database has a lot of unlisted numbers), and those who have 1000 plus Facebook friends can sell that list.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.2

            Try and find out how those pricks ringing my wife during the day and at night to sell her all sorts of crap and schemes got her unlisted phone number or cell phone number.

            Sequential dialers have been in use since the 1980s at least.

      • Rogue Trooper 3.1.2

        from listening to RNZ;
        “New Zealand will be operating in a state of suspicion, equal to, or worse, than what is seen in the United States.”- Vikram Kumar.
        “meta-data can determine your hobbies, your friends, your politics, etc”.- Tech Liberty New Zealand.

  4. Sable 4

    The king of clowns stumbles yet again. I had wondered if this might not be an obvious outcome of this kind of draconian policy so this comes as no real surprise. Who is going to extensively use phones and the internet to communicate with friends if they think some creepy little government snoop is listening in on their conversation. What about a woman for example, who is talking to a friend about her pregnancy problems, does she want some turd eavesdropping on a very personal conversation?

    I think the only winners in this scenario are the cafes, although slimy Keys and co will probably start bugging those too.

  5. Sable 5

    Oh and on the subject of telecommunications what does this mean for cloud computing. Will anyone want to use a NZ supplier or any supplier with a presence in New Zealand after this debacle? The reality is Keys is BAD FOR BUSINESS. No firm is going to consider placing even day to day correspondence on the cloud if they think it is subject to observation by an unwarranted third party who is not bound by contractual obligation. I know for a fact that cloud firms avoid countries such as the US and Singapore for this reason.

    We are going to become a technological back water under this fool but then maybe that’s what he wants. An ignorant populace of uninformed drones that he can flog off to foreign firms looking for cheap labour.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      We are going to become a technological back water under this fool but then maybe that’s what he wants. An ignorant populace of uninformed drones that he can flog off to foreign firms looking for cheap labour.

      There’s got to be a reason for why National keep fucking up our education system and saying that we’re only good enough to farm.

  6. John Key has probably lined up the same spy agencies who do the spying in USA to come down here and take over the country. No worries mate

    one world order.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      NZ has been “2nd Party” intelligence partners with the US for a very long time. This relationship is far closer than say that between Germany and the US or France and the US. It gives NZ many privileges, but also entails many costs and expectations.

  7. karol 7

    Does anyone know if there’s a full record of the submissions to the GCSB hearings available online eg a video of the hearings yesterday?

    there’s a couple of things I’m interested to look at: e.g. there was one business submission where the guy talked about a need to separate oversight of foreign invasions of, or spying on local businesses, from the surveillance spying on foreign threats to the country.

    ie to separate commercial protections from state/national security.

  8. Populuxe1 8

    How richly ironic given that Google has been filtering and using our big data for years.

    • weka 8.1

      You really don’t understand what is at stake here, do you.

      • Populuxe1 8.1.1

        Oh I do, I just enjoy the irony. Here is one of the world’s largest internet companies which has been through various means from tracking cookies and Boolean search algorythms to heaven knows what else to first filter through our web searches, then emails, then Youtube searches, and now all the documents saved in the cloud, to track all our interests and eccentricities, which they have shamelssly sold to advertisers everywhere, and now they are tuttutting the Nats for basically wanting to do the same thing. I am against anybody doing that, but if you can’t see the irony you must be exceptionally dull.

        • weka 8.1.1.1

          You probably agreed with Key then, that what he is proposing to do is the same as Megaupload outsourcing. I’m not the one who is dull witted, mate.

          “and now they are tuttutting the Nats for basically wanting to do the same thing”

          But it’s not the same thing. And the fact that you won’t tell the difference is not dull, just disingenuous. Or maybe you are really thick and can’t tell the difference between a private organisation that is still subject to the laws of the land, and a government that is basically saying it is above the law.

          • Populuxe1 8.1.1.1.1

            No I didn’t, but I think you might be the thick one. Since when has ANY billion dollar global corporation seen itself confined by the laws of the land (or indeed, which land)? That is so cute. We have know way at all of knowing what Google does with all that metadata, so don’t be so naive. That’s why something like this is very scary http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/government/
            Both are or want to be filtering metadata to determine interests and associations without our knowledge or consent – that is exactly the same, hence the irony, but by all means continue to flog a dead horse.
            Also, why has Kim Dotcom suddenly become your best buddy? He’s probably as scummy as Key. My enemy’s enemy is only my friend up until they decide to invade my borders while I’m destracted by my other enemy.

            • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1.1.1

              I’m with Pop1 on this. In fact, I think I prefer the government having access to all the data that Google gets than Google. At least the government can be held to account whereas multi-national corporations? Well, how much tax did Google pay in NZ last year? The reality is that we can’t, and don’t, hold multi-national corporations to account.

              • felix

                Yeah I agree in principle.

                However the new piece of the puzzle is the confirmation that our governments are actively working with google and facebook.

                • Colonial Viper

                  The imbalance between the power of citizens and the power of governments is getting way out of whack.

                  A system where the government knows everything you are doing as a citizen and when you are doing it, but where you know fuck all as a citizen of what your government is doing as an institution, is extraordarily dangerous to democracy.

                  n fact, I think I prefer the government having access to all the data that Google gets than Google.

                  This is naive in the extreme. Who the fuck cares if google has that information because they are actually relatively powerless; in the US what happened was that the IRS got hold of that information and then started using their governmental powers to target political activists. That’s when you worry. The intersection of corporate information gathering and governmental coercion.

                  here’s a real life example for everyone here who doesnt want to think ahead. Lets have the government create a law enabling WINZ to access all the txt messages and email accounts of beneficiaries. This information, it is said, is necessary to correctly determine if someone is in a relationship, if they are living where they say they are living, if they are really estranged from their parents etc.

                  What say you guys? Good system, right?

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    That was a beat up about the IRS actually. Stems from their electoral financing law. Groups registered under a certain tax code shouldn’t be campaigning. It was suspected that many were in fact campaigning, so the IRS targeted groups registered under that code which had explicitly political names, like Tea party, or Occupy. Turns out some of the groups were rorting the system, and used the fact they were investigate to claim to was a witchhunt.

                    far as I’m concerned, fuckers should have paid their taxes.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      LOL

                      it’s time you caught up on what this is actually about

                      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/irs-progressive-groups_n_3492679.html

                      I’d be interested to hear your conclusions.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      That’s seems pretty close to what I said doesn’t it?

                      What do think it says?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      PB – think it says that activist and political groups who challenge the status quo hierarchy, regardless of which side of the political spectrum they are on – have been targeted.

                      Historically, this is a very bad sign.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      CV, they were targeted by the IRS looking for people who were not paying their taxes. Should the IRS not investigate tax evasion? Or should it just not investigate politically named groups for tax evasion?

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    The imbalance between the power of citizens and the power of governments is getting way out of whack.

                    Correct, which is why we need a more open government.

                    Who the fuck cares if google has that information because they are actually relatively powerless;

                    And National govern for the rich and powerful, i.e, Google. To suggest that Google is powerless is the naive position.

                    Lets have the government create a law enabling WINZ to access all the txt messages and email accounts of beneficiaries.

                    The correct position there is to have welfare that isn’t determined by peoples relationships. We could call it a Universal Income.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      A totalitarian surveillance state is the real fear Draco, not National shovelling more money towards its cronies. In a toss up between the two, we’d be lucky if we got to choose the latter.

                  • Populuxe1

                    “Who the fuck cares if google has that information because they are actually relatively powerless…”

                    Riiiiight – and Hollywood was relatively powerless when our employment and copyright laws all got chnaged.

              • Watching

                Draco T Bastard – one of your best responses.

                One of the differences is that corporations are using this data in our daily life – every day. They know too much personal data at the micro level – for instance http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/

                Whereas I expect spooks only become interest in individual data if a flag is found

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Whereas I expect spooks only become interest in individual data if a flag is found

                  That’s the way I figure it as well and laws and procedures can be put in place to ensure that’s the way it stays.

                  • McFlock

                    Whereas I expect spooks only become interest in individual data if a flag is found

                    and doctors are only interested in the xrays of their own patients…

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I didn’t say that the procedures were perfect and considering how many cases actually go through the DHBs what we’re looking at there is seems fairly minimal. As it says in the article:

                      But most confidentiality breaches were low-level and resulted in verbal and written warnings, she said.

                      “These are the ones who find out that a friend’s in hospital so they look up the record to see what ward they’re in, or they’ve heard their friend has had a baby, so they look up the health record to find out the sex.

                      “We put this in the ‘How could you be so dumb’ category.

                      “We basically give them a lecture, make them take the privacy training and leave it at that.”

                  • Populuxe1

                    And (at least I hope) governments are going to contain that information and confine it to specific contexts. God knows what Google might do with it.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      The reason they are storing the data is because they want to be able to search it as contexts arise. The system presupposes changing contexts. Otherwise they’d only collect context specific material.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Whereas I expect spooks only become interest in individual data if a flag is found

                  All you guys are just frustrating the hell out of me.

                  This is not the experience with Police database systems its not the case with the current GCSB system, both of which have been demonstrated in court to have been accessed or used inappropriately, why the honest-to-god-frak would you believe that “the spooks” are going to be a more saintly grade of human being?

                  Unbelievable.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    IKR.

                    It’s better if the state collects all the data because they’ll only ever look for bad guys and rules can be put in place and the definition of bad guys will stay the same forever and ever amen.

                  • weka

                    “Unbelievable”

                    +1

                    eg we already know that activists are targeted, why is that not going to become more so as govt surveillance increases?

                    eg look at the complete fuck up that the Tuhoe raids were. You think that ‘data’ can’t be misconstrued or fitted to look a certain way? You think that they won’t go looking to make the pieces fit the theory?

                    • Populuxe1

                      Of course, had the government been monitoring Greenpeace more closely in 1985, they might have picked up their infiltration by French Secret Service agents and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior prevented. The fact of the matter is that activist groups are the perfect vehicle for foreign agents to infiltrate.

                    • weka

                      Are you completely thick? That’s not why the govt spies on activists.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    This is not the experience with Police database systems its not the case with the current GCSB system, both of which have been demonstrated in court to have been accessed or used inappropriately

                    Yep, they have, this doesn’t prove that we don’t need the database, only that better systems need to be put in place to prevent inappropriate access.

                    Yes, we need the database because crime does happen and the statistics that are generated from other data also helps us immeasurably.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Oh fuck off Draco you are fucking dreaming. Seriously, these ideas you have are amongst the absolutely most dangerous and corrosive to NZ democracy on the entire fucking Standard, and that includes all the idiot RWNJ proposals.

                      Wait until the next Sir Robert Muldoon gets in or the next Sid Holland, or a sociopathic version of John Key, with their hand picked intelligence chiefs and then give him access to your beautiful little surveillance and citizen activities recording tool.

                      Stupid.

            • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1.1.1.2

              What might google be doing with all the metadata Pop?

              You’re sounding a bit like muzza here, all hints of secret things that people should be aware of if they weren’t so naive etc.

              So call me naive. fair enough. Educate me about the scale of the threat google poses.

              I have the usual knowledge about police states so I know about the threats of that states pose. Are they the same?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Well, it comes down to who runs the police states and usually it’s the people with wealth and power such as Google.

                “Fascism should really be called Corporatism as it is the merging of government and business.”

                Which is what we’re seeing as more and more government services are carried out by private businesses.

              • Populuxe1

                A government is likely to keep that information to itself – it is only motivated by threats to itself. A corporation’s only motivation is profit – they could sell your data to anyone including everything from debt collectors to organised criminals.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Somewhat impractical distinctions, I fear. For instance, in the US, corporate officers and government officers move between their positions as heads of banks and the White House staff in a never ending game of musical chairs.

                  And in NZ, we have seen plenty of politicians spend their time in Parliament, setting up their lifestyle and career outside of Parliament.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Any evidence that companies sell credit card #s to criminal gangs?

                  That would seem to be a fairly easy thing to do, and yet they don’t, as far as I’m aware. Any idea why, or whether those reasons would be transferable to metadata?

                  ‘Threats to itself’, is a pretty broad category too, I’ll note in passing.

                  • Populuxe1

                    I doubt they would sell credit card data, but what if you were in witness protection and a company sold contextual data that could be used to locate you to a shell company that was a front for whoever was looking for you? Or perhaps that data could be used to formulate increasingly convincing confidence scams.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Why wouldn’t they sell credit card numbers?

                      Ready buyers that’s for sure.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Well, they have bee knowingly working with the crims to launder money so what’s to say that they haven’t?

                  • weka


                    Any evidence that companies sell credit card #s to criminal gangs?

                    That would seem to be a fairly easy thing to do, and yet they don’t, as far as I’m aware. Any idea why, or whether those reasons would be transferable to metadata?

                    That’s what I meant when I said that corporations are still bound by the laws of the land. If google sold it’s data illegally, and was found out, do you think nothing would come of it?

                    I’m not doubting that google is very powerful, and I was one of the people that spoke out about privacy concerns when they first bought in gmail etc (to which I was told, if you’ve got nothing to hide you having nothing to fear, and, what could possibly go wrong?). But govts taking themselves beyond the law is a whole other order of badness.

                    My other question:

                    What does google have about me that I don’t know?

                    What do the five eyes have about me that I don’t know?

                    And what does the govt have about me that google doesn’t?

                    Does google have access to the details my ISP holds about me? Does it have access to my medical records? My records at WINZ? Does it have recordings of my phone calls? Does it know who my neighbours are? My friends? Does it know which political party I belong to? Does it know what I really think about the Tuhoe raids, the TPPA, whether I marched against the Tour, whether I’ll be at x protest next week?

                    Is google going to put a bug in my living room, bedroom, phone because my flatemate/best friend is a member of an animal rights or peace activist organisation. Or knows Tame Iti. Or KDC?

                    As I said, I spoke out early about the potential problems of what google would become, and I think google can become alot worse than it is now. But it pales in comparison to what the NZ govt is becoming and the impacts that will have on our lives.

                    “At least the government can be held to account whereas multi-national corporations?”

                    Really? How’s that working out with the current lot?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Does it know who my neighbours are?

                      Probably.

                      Really? How’s that working out with the current lot?

                      Yep, we have some work to do but they will be gone next election and we can persuade the next government to put in laws that prevent the dictatorial ways of this government. I’ve even suggested the shape of such a law.

                • Colonial Viper

                  A government is likely to keep that information to itself – it is only motivated by threats to itself.

                  The US diplomatic cables released by wikileaks should have shattered the last remnants of this illusion. The US gov actively aids US corporations on commercial matters, up to and including economic espionage.

                  • Populuxe1

                    Because those commercial matters are to the benefit of the state and therefore the analogy still holds.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Well in that case, I agree with everything that you say – there is no clear bright line between state activities and private sector activities any longer, in fact quite the opposite is true.

            • weka 8.1.1.1.1.3

              “Also, why has Kim Dotcom suddenly become your best buddy? He’s probably as scummy as Key. My enemy’s enemy is only my friend up until they decide to invade my borders while I’m destracted by my other enemy.”

              Where have I ever said that KDC is my best buddy? Or anything about his moral, ethics, motivations, trustworthiness?

    • Huginn 8.2

      Google does not aspire to enforce a monopoly on the application of legitimate violence.

      • Populuxe1 8.2.1

        No, but it might sell your data to people who aspire to enforce a monopoly of the application of illigitemate violence.

        • Pascal's bookie 8.2.1.1

          I wonder still, why nothing like this has happened as far as we know.

          Or rather, I wonder if you might have any ideas about that.

  9. Dv 9

    Sort of Ironic too that Key and Banks went to extremes (including raids on the media) to keep thier teatapes secret too.

    • Populuxe1 9.1

      Very much so – but all politicians are hypocrites – it’s just a matter of degree

  10. Rogue Trooper 10

    from what I gathered from Dotcom on Campbell Live:
    -“US committing mass surveillance on the world”
    -“and other Five-eyes partners”
    -Five years of PRISM data was, and can be sought when background ‘enquiries’ are carried out.
    -Regarding Edward Snowden – “I don’t know him personally, and that’s all I have to say about that” 😉
    -US are in breach of 1/3 of UN charters they’re signed to.
    “Gonna try to do my best to influence politics”…in this country. – Kim Dotcom

    Irony: “they cal me (Dotcom) a pirate”.

  11. Rogue Trooper 11

    meanwhile, Corrections are overhauling how they handle confidential information data-base. hmmmm
    What does it all mean…

  12. captain hook 12

    what I really want to know is this. where are the million new Aucklanders coming from.
    I was taught at UNI that cities dont reproduce themselves.
    growth only comes form immigration be it rural or international. so what are they going to do if they materialise.
    and dont fret.
    If sky can make a buck peddling their tripe to Kiwis then all other multinationals who can see a profit in our wunnerful lill country will be here come what may.

    • lprent 12.1

      Probably from the same place where the last million came from – immigration from within NZ (the regions tend to produce a surplus of kids that mostly migrate here before or after their OE), and from outside.

      When I was born in 1959 there was something like 420k people in Auckland (the census in 1961 was about 450k), in other words just a bit bigger than Wellington now. One of my parents was an immigrant from the King Country and the other was a local. Which since Auckland had nearly doubled in population since they were born 20 years earlier was mildly odd.

      But nothing much changes in the political process with Auckland….

      People were finding the rate of growth in Auckland remarkable even in 1961. Public transport at the time was in disarray because some idiot minister in the National government of the time had literally torn out the public transport rails because he wanted to build motorways. So Steven Joyce is following in a long tradition of stupidity and the National party is following it’s long tradition of having stupid ministers and fucking up Auckland.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        They seem to vote in a lot of National MPs however.

        • Rogue Trooper 12.1.1.1

          Oh, and wonder why that might be…let us ponder it for, like, never. 😀

          • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1

            Labour is just misunderstood; if only the electorate *knew* how good Labour is, it would hardly ever get voted out.

            I’m not sure if anyone has considered why a political party which sees itself as representing the views and interests of the vast majority of “ordinary NZers” struggles to climb over 32% in polls.

            Unless of course, it doesn’t really actually represent the views and interests of the vast majority of ordinary NZers and they’ve over the decades, cottoned on to it.

      • karol 12.1.2

        Ah, yes. I was born in Auckland about a decade earlier. My mother was from Auckland, my father from the country, but he came to Auckland for work.

        I recall the building of the motorway through Greenlane – it was a massive project at the time.

        Prior to that, only some families had cars, and those that did, only had one. I grew up cycling, walking and using buses. Roads weren’t that busy.

        Of my generation in my Auckland-born extended family, the minority are still living in Auckland. Others are elsewhere in NZ or overseas.

  13. Adrian 13

    What does DotCom know? Probably anything he bloody well likes, he has access to huge computing power and appears to have some very, very clever buggers working for and with him. What’s the bet he knows everything ( or almost ) the GCSB does and certainly as much as the incompetent SIS ?

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      What’s the bet he knows everything ( or almost ) the GCSB does and certainly as much as the incompetent SIS ?

      That’s one bet I won’t be taking. He probably even uses the data better.

  14. Adrian 14

    So if Key says he knows that KDC doesn’t know what he says he knows you wouldn’t bet on Key knowing more than bugger all, and that Key may well be shitting his pants or just weeing them a bit has got me whistling through the day happy in my work.

  15. yeshe 15

    oh, so mean Key-wee ?? that’s really funny … whistle while you work, whistle while you work … 🙂

  16. yeshe 16

    or maybe he can do a piggy Muldoon and run Key-wee-wee all the way home ?

  17. aerobubble 17

    Key faces off DotCom, how has it come to this! Obama facing off Snowdon? Cameran facing off Assange. If only there was more distance between the oversight of these agencies and those they oversee! But that would mean the likes of Dunne and Banks would not get to sit over the intelligence services, can you imagine that, Hone one seat puts him on the intelligence committee!!! Else cries of racism and what makes Banks and Dunne so respectable, given Banks in up before the court and Dunne has been thrown off the committee. The joke here people is the shallow excuse for oversight of this most secret of endeavors, that now sees Key facing down DotCom.

    • Anne 17.1

      Key faces off DotCom, how has it come to this! Obama facing off Snowdon? Cameran facing off Assange.

      Made the same point to some family members today. KDC’s smiling response to Campbell’s question “whether KDC had been in touch with Snowden” was intriguing. It really is becoming a truly fascinating international affair!

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  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
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  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
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    15 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
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    4 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    4 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
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    5 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
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    5 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
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    5 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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    5 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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    6 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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    7 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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    7 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
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    7 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
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    7 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
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    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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    2 weeks ago