Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, September 15th, 2014 - 26 comments
An interesting article by lawyer Steven Price at Media Law Journal. Some extracts quoted, but well worth going and reading the full article.
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, September 14th, 2014 - 67 comments
The positioning re Kim Dotcom’s “Moment of Truth” has started this morning.
Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, August 23rd, 2013 - 52 comments
There will be plenty of coverage of the Labour leadership process here on The Standard, I don’t feel any need to contribute. There are too many other important matters that mustn’t fall under the radar. You thought the GCSB spying Bill was bad? The TICS bill is worse.
Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, August 22nd, 2013 - 19 comments
“New Zealanders will not have
confidence in [a …] bill rammed through
by a slender majority without public support
and with the backing of only the bare minimum
of parties necessary to get it through Parliament.”
— John Key, 2007.
(ht Toby Manhire)
Written By: - Date published: 7:45 pm, August 21st, 2013 - 136 comments
So the Key-Dunne spying Bill is now law. The privacy of your electronic communications now depends on the favour of an untrustworthy PM, and the best efforts of a legal system (much derided by said PM) in interpreting a confused mess of a law / Hansard record / letter to The Herald.
Shame shame shame on all those MPs who ignored the concerns of the people who elected them and passed this travesty.
Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, August 21st, 2013 - 28 comments
Groklaw has been an inspirational blog for many with an interest in geekery or the law. I read it daily during the years of the SCO trial. PJ and her team were and are amazing. But now it’s over. Killed by the death of privacy, and the world that the Key-Dunne spying bill is bringing ever closer to NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, August 21st, 2013 - 46 comments
John Key (the PM who has on multiple occasions overspent the budget on his own protection staff) really dug himself a hole when he accused opposition leaders of wanting to “run for the hills” in case of a terrorist attack. Not only did David Shearer get to remind him of the occasions that he has been under fire – and run to help – but now some other voices have chimed in too.
Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, August 21st, 2013 - 29 comments
Check out crossthefloor.co.nz (#crossthefloor) for a resource to send email or tweets to a shortlist of government MPS who just might discover their conscience, cross the floor, and kill the spying bill…
Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, August 20th, 2013 - 66 comments
The Auckland Town Hall was full – nearly 2000 people – for the GCSB protest last night (with more people being turned away at the doors). Update – full video of the whole event (all speakers) is now up on YouTube. Meanwhile the Campbell Live poll had 89% of respondents opposed.
Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, August 19th, 2013 - 17 comments
The second of the weekend’s must-read pieces. This one is by Vikram Kumar (CEO of Mega) published in the NBR, on plans to require internet service providers to install a “backdoor for the government”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, August 16th, 2013 - 142 comments
On Campbell Live, and on other occasions, John Key has claimed that critics of the GCSB spying bill were all wrong. The Human Rights Commission – wrong. The Law Society – wrong. The Privacy Commissioner – wrong. Dame Anne Salmond – wrong. Everyone else wrong – only he – John Key – and his secret advisors were right, and we the sheeple have nothing to fear.
Now in a stunning embarrassment it is Key that has had to admit that he was wrong. Or a liar.
Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, August 15th, 2013 - 8 comments
Thomas Beagle at Tech Liberty has done a great job at presenting the technicalities of the Key-Dunne GCSB spying bill – see for example: “Does the new GCSB Bill give them the power to spy on New Zealanders?”. (Spoiler Alert! The answer is Yes.)
Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, August 14th, 2013 - 13 comments
This Pledge Me fundraiser for protest action against the Key-Dunne GCSB spying Bill reached its target ($3,300) in just one day yesterday. It remains open for three more days – you can still donate to extend the range of the protest.
Written By: - Date published: 4:07 pm, August 12th, 2013 - 16 comments
Good piece by David Fisher on selling your privacy. Don’t worry
citizens consumers, it’s nothing personal. It’s just business.
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, August 9th, 2013 - 51 comments
Note also that Campbell Live/3 News is running a major poll on the Bill.
Written By: - Date published: 5:14 pm, August 9th, 2013 - 43 comments
John Key is a bully who uses the powers of his office inappropriately. Every now and then someone calls him on it – Mike Joy, Jon Stephenson, Andrea Vance and Bradley Ambrose being examples. Now it is the turn of Law Society member Rodney Harrison QC to stand up.
Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, August 7th, 2013 - 15 comments
Yesterday Opposition parties filibustered, and successfully delayed the passage of the Key-Dunne spying Bill. This buys more time to protest, and to put pressure on MPs.
We have never before seen in New Zealand such a broad and ongoing chorus of opposition to government legislation as we are seeing with this Bill. Just yesterday alone…
Written By: - Date published: 6:13 pm, August 6th, 2013 - 23 comments
A timely press release from the Law Society. The revisions to the GCSB Bill “do not address the fundamental flaws in the bill and the legislation should not proceed”. Peter Dunne, your last fig-leaf is ripped away. Please do not vote for this travesty.
Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, August 6th, 2013 - 78 comments
Now we learn that another Key enquiry spied on “teapot tape” reporter Bradley Ambrose. This government under John Key does not use its spying powers competently or appropriately. There is no guarantee that some future government will not be even worse. The Key-Dunne spying Bill should be rejected pending a proper enquiry and proper safeguards. Peter Dunne, please take note.
Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, August 4th, 2013 - 49 comments
National’s Friday afternoon document dump of emails between the Henry enquiry and Parliamentary Services is a trove of information. John Armstrong describes the whole mess as “Govt betrayal on a monumental scale”. For an initial forensic analysis of the evidence trail, check out Pete George.
Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, August 2nd, 2013 - 63 comments
The government has tried a good old fashioned Friday Document Dump, releasing the email correspondence relating to Henry Inquiry. More incompetence and or lies are revealed, and Peter Dunne is pissed. No doubt we can expect the same levels of honesty and competence when the Key-Dunne spying bill extends the potential for spying to us all.
Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, August 2nd, 2013 - 14 comments
I/S at No Right Turn questions the legal status of Key’s “warrants”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, August 2nd, 2013 - 31 comments
Presumably there is some tiny but “real” risk of terrorist action in NZ. But it doesn’t justify the broad powers of the Key-Dunne spying Bill. Recent experience and the government’s own protocols show that these spying powers will be used on activists and journalists that the government of the day doesn’t like. The 88 who have been illegally spied on already call bullshit.
Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, August 1st, 2013 - 72 comments
Here’s today’s required reading (so far) in the ongoing spy scandals that are swirling around John Key and his fiasco of a government. Hey Peter Dunne, are you really going to vote for more GCSB spying? Really?