Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, April 7th, 2017 - 16 comments
National’s plans for our privacy and access to social services are a perfect cocktail of over-reach and incompetence.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 58 comments
English – “One of New Zealand’s benefits is because we’re a long way away and fairly small we don’t attract too much attention.” Nice contrast to the usual Nat hysterical style. I guess there’s no need for all that domestic spying apparatus then?
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 22nd, 2016 - 85 comments
I/S at No Right Turn the “data supermarket” and privacy concerns. “The government wants to be able to effectively spy on and database everyone, so they can save a few dollars here and there.”
Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, March 9th, 2016 - 28 comments
A Government-ordered review of NZ’s spy agencies has just been released. Key wants Labour’s support for increased power to spy on Kiwis.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, December 11th, 2015 - 16 comments
The government plans to roll out a new “cyber security action plan”. Given their record of secrecy, lies, and misuse of surveillance, I think we the people would be naive to believe this will be anything less than another escalation of the surveillance of New Zealanders.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, November 17th, 2015 - 67 comments
The Paris attacks are being used as an excuse for another ill informed debate about surveillance and encryption – which doesn’t address the communication channels that terrorists are actually using. The tools that our governments want can be used very effectively to spy on you and me though (as Key effectively acknowledges in passing).
Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, October 28th, 2015 - 37 comments
The reaction to Westpac handing over Nicky Hager’s data to police is still playing out. Rob Hosking observes “a creeping authoritarianism from the current government”.
Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, July 16th, 2015 - 12 comments
I/S at No Right Turn on the police “routinely demanding personal information from New Zealand companies – and receiving it – without any form of warrant or statutory authorisation”.
Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, April 7th, 2015 - 15 comments
The brilliant John Oliver on the Patriot Act and surveillance. Includes a face to face interview with Edward Snowden, and extensive discussion of dick pics.
Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, March 16th, 2015 - 18 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 10th, 2015 - 42 comments
Selwyn Manning’s new EveningReport site got off to a massive start last night with a long, interesting interview with Nicky Hager. Take home quote (courtesy Russell Brown): “The GCSB is not a New Zealand operation, in any practical sense”. Watch the video…
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 22nd, 2015 - 30 comments
Mass surveillance cannot accomplish its stated goals, and it’s likely that many within the security / government system understand this full well.
Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, January 15th, 2015 - 52 comments
How many governments are using the Paris / Charlie Hebdo attack as an excuse to increase surveillance or otherwise remove civil protections? The UK and Australia for starters…
Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 36 comments
Key has basically fired himself from most of his Security and Intelligence responsibilities. This is a big change.
Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, September 16th, 2014 - 71 comments
From Key we have changing stories, irrelevant distractions and refusal to comment. From Snowden we have compelling first person testimony and supporting documents (uncontested by any other Five Eyes leader). New Zealand is under mass surveillance.
Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, August 13th, 2014 - 104 comments
Nicky Hager has certainly got the attention of political circles in NZ, by announcing his (untitled) book launch today at 5.15pm. J[update: 3 news Livestream of book launch] Update: Title “Dirty Politics” – on attack politics – implicates John key & Slater]
Written By: - Date published: 2:51 pm, June 17th, 2014 - 4 comments
Police and security forces often seem to consider themselves to be beyond the law. Their propensity towards excessive surveillance of people who are following peaceful and legal paths towards societal change without any evidence is rather legendary amongst activists on the left. The impression that most activists have is that some police just don’t like their politics. However surveillance of a councillor in the UK after they have been elected and while they are monitoring police activities as part of their job does mark a new low.
Written By: - Date published: 6:56 pm, March 31st, 2014 - 6 comments
“The vast scale of online surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is changing how businesses store commercially sensitive data…” “A survey of 1,000 business leaders from around the world has found that many are questioning their reliance on “cloud computing” in favour of more secure forms of data storage as the whistleblower’s revelations continue to reverberate.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, January 30th, 2014 - 30 comments
If you are (a-hem) free today, then you might want to head down to Otago University campus for a presentation by Nicky Hager.
update – attendance is free