Is NZ a Conduit for U.S. Spy Programmes?
SURVEILLANCE—NEW ZEALANDAugust 8, 2013
The New Zealand Herald reports on last week’s release by The Guardian of a new leaked U.S. National Security Agency programme called XKeyscore. In one of the slides, it appears that one of the servers in question is located at the Waihopai base in the north of South Island. A computer forensic investigator said, “If that’s the case, then it’s pretty big news because I don’t think that’s been publicly discussed by the government. It means our role in this is greater than we knew.” Meanwhile, the Law Society said that recent changes to the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) bill, which would expand the agency’s ability to spy on New Zealanders, are not enough to “allay its concerns.” Attoney-General Chris Finlayson said the changes “are not revolutionary,” adding, “They do not involve a fundamental change in the construction of the GCSB act or the principles underpinning it.”