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Tech Firm Criticising Gov’t for Ignoring Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

September 26, 2013

New Zealand’s new so-called spy bill fails to address privacy concerns, according to big tech firms like Google and Microsoft. International Business Times reports that Google claims the current bill is “unable to balance between the legitimate concerns of the authorities” and it’s users’ security. The bill will define how Internet service providers and telecoms allow the Government Communications Security Bureau (GSCB) and other such agencies to monitor communications, and some say it may contravene laws of the U.S. and other countries. The Commerce Committee responded saying service providers will have to take “reasonable steps” to assist agencies, but Kim Dotcom says the bill could mean companies like his would have to unencrypt user data, which may not be possible.
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