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NZ: Ermaechtigung fuer Abhoerpolizei

Warum sollte es im ECHELON-Staat Neuseeland anders
zugehen als etwa im UK? Das neue Gesetz enthält unter
anderem auch eine Verpflichtung für alle Netzwerkbetreiber,
ihre Netze abhörtauglich zu machen - hurra Globalisierung,
rund um die Welt spielt sich dasselbe Affentheater ab!

post/post/scrypt: Dass diese Mail jetzt schon relayed
wurde, obwohl das Original erst morgen [30. Okt.] erscheint,
hat auch was mit Globalität zu tun.
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Date sent: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 07:07:56 -0500 From: David
Banisar <banisar@privacy.org> Subject: NZ Proposes RIP
Act To: Global Internet Liberty Campaign <gilc-
plan@gilc.org> Send reply to: gilc-plan@gilc.org

TOP STORY

MONDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2000 Sweeping powers for spy
agencies

Police and government spy agencies are pushing for major
new surveillance powers - including the ability to intercept e-
mails.

In a move the Council for Civil Liberties labels a "major and
disturbing intrusion" new surveillance laws are being planned
which will allow police and intelligence agencies to hack
covertly into home computers and intercept email and other
electronic communication.

Researcher and author Nicky Hager, says the proposed
legislation strongly resembles the British Regulation of
Investigatory Powers Act passed amid huge controversy
three months ago.

But he says unlike the British experience, the New Zealand
legislation is being slipped through in stages, as extensions
of present laws. The first is to be tabled in parliament in
about 10 days.

The laws were devised under the National government and
can be traced back to a push by the FBI in the United States
for standardised spy systems to intercept mobile phones and
emails.

The changes are now being promoted by Associate Justice
Minister Paul Swain, and would also impose "requirements"
on Internet service providers and phone companies to co-
operate with intelligence agencies and police and install
systems to assist spying on their customers.

Hager, whose 1996 book on the global Echelon surveillance
network prompted a year-long investigation by the European
parliament, said the public had a right to demand proof that
the new intrusive powers were so crucial that individuals had
to give up privacy and freedoms.

He said the way the changes were being introduced,
piecemeal and in secret, was "a model of bad government".

The first legislation expands the interception powers of the
police and the Government Communications Security Bureau
to cover all forms of electronic communications (including
email, faxes and text messaging) and, for the Security
Intelligence Service as well, to cover hacking into computer
systems to view and copy people's files.

This would be achieved by amending the Crimes Act to make
it illegal to intercept emails or hack into computers - and then
exempting all the intelligence and law enforcement agencies
from the new law.

The legislation will also increase the status of the GCSB,
moving its existing powers into the Crimes Act.

The other half of the plan is changes to the
Telecommunications Act, requiring telephone companies to
make systems "interceptable".

Hager says New Zealand officials secretly agreed to
implement the surveillance changes after attending a meeting
at the FBI headquarters in Quantico, south of Washington
DC, in 1993.

Swain says the driving force of the law changes is the wish to
protect privacy because there is no legislation to say
"wandering into someone's internal communications system
is illegal".

The exemptions for the government agencies came later, he
said.




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