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August 21, 2013

New Zealand passes spying bill, despite opposition

The government security bureau approved legislation that would allow for wider cyber surveillance.

Photo from Flickr user Peti Morgan [Creative Commons] , 27 July, 2013


Using the hashtags #GCSB and #Crossthefloor, New Zealanders expressed their strong opposition to the new amendments to security bills that would allow for wider government surveillance. According to the Prime Minister, John Key, the bill will help serve three areas of security: "information assurance and cyber security, foreign intelligence, and assisting other government agencies".  
However, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) bill sparked fierce responses from New Zealanders, who say the legislation is a violation of citizen privacy.