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New Zealand Spy Agency To Vet Network Builds, Provider Staff 92

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the criminals-in-uniform dept.
Bismillah (993337) writes "The new Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act of 2013 is in effect in New Zealand and brings in several drastic changes for ISPs, telcos and service providers. One of the country's spy agencies, the GCSB, gets to decide on network equipment procurement and design decisions (PDF), plus operators have to register with the police and obtain security clearance for some staff. Somewhat illogically, the NZ government pushed through the law combining mandated communications interception capabilities for law enforcement, with undefined network security requirements as decided by the GCSB. All network operators are subject to the new law, including local providers as well as the likes of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, who have opposed it, saying the new statutes clash with overseas privacy legislation."
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New Zealand Spy Agency To Vet Network Builds, Provider Staff

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  • Re:Not Illogical (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Jack Griffin (3459907) on Monday May 12, 2014 @10:35PM (#46986369)
    Facebook, Google and Microsoft have opposed it because it the GCSB is getting in on their game. I used to live in NZ. Despite the Kim Dotcom saga, the govt there is still to be less feared than the American Big Data industry. If you ever get the chance to see the locally produced Cops show 'Motorway Patrol', you will see the usual fears of govt and law enforcement don't apply in this place. I believe NZ is currently rated the least corrupt country on Earth.
  • Re:Not Illogical (Score:4, Insightful)

    by master5o1 (1068594) on Monday May 12, 2014 @11:22PM (#46986609) Homepage

    Oz Can Suck Us is what I read every time.

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Monday May 12, 2014 @11:40PM (#46986689)

    When Jefferson said "Where governments are afraid of the people, there is freedom" he obviously didn't take into account the possibility that governments could preemptively terrorize its people to avoid having to be scared of them.

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Monday May 12, 2014 @11:46PM (#46986719)

    Why should I care about whether his daughter shows tits, ass or cunt?

    He's a crappy head of state, that, and that alone, is the reason why you should not want him to run your country. For all I care he could swing his dick in front of the cam on his state address, if he only did a decent job.

  • Re:Not Illogical (Score:2, Insightful)

    by NewtonsLaw (409638) on Tuesday May 13, 2014 @02:17AM (#46987215)

    I believe NZ is currently rated the least corrupt country on Earth.

    Don't believe it... just understand that in NZ, the authorities are much better at hiding it.

    Corruption, hypocrisy and graft remains rife in this country it's just that we're a nation of 4.4 million sheeple who really don't give a damn.

    The great Kiwi saying "she'll be right" is killing this nation because nobody is prepared to stand up and speak out when they see people in power doing bad things and abusing that power.

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