One of the many criticisms of John Key’s spying Bill — to enable further GCSB spying on us all — is that it isn’t needed. It’s a disproportionate response to a non-existant threat, or worse, a sell out to America using “threat” as a cover story.
Well rest easy
citizens consumers, because PM Key has laid those fears to rest. Here he is, in his own words, explaining why this violation of our basic human rights is absolutely necessary:
Meanwhile, Mr Key said the question of who owns the metadata that each person generates online, including when they email, text, or use a search engine, is more about “who can access data and under what conditions”.
“I’m not quite sure it’s really an ownership issue. It’s who can actually see the information,” he said.
However, when pressed over who has rights over such metadata, Mr Key said: “Well, I think in certain circumstances, the Government, if it’s collecting that data for the purpose of trying to understand whether something untoward is taking place.
“For the most part, the individual obviously owns it, because you understand through your own phone bills or your own emails who you communicate with, what, where, and how and why. But obviously there are circumstances, and this is where the touchstone is or where the dilemma is, what is the demarcation line between the right of the Government or its agencies to look at information vis-à-vis the privacy of an individual.
“And my view is that we’ve got the balance about right, because the alternative here would be either we don’t collect this data at all.”
The last sentence is particularly masterful is it not – “the alternative here would be either we don’t collect this data at all” – genius. I trust that this answers any and all carping criticism of Key’s spying Bill, and the clear and present need to sell our privacy down the river. I love Big Brother.