Warning as second part of spy bill passes

NZ Herald 6 Nov 2013

Adam Bennett

The second half of the Government’s rejig of spying laws passed its third reading yesterday as the Opposition warned that New Zealand was moving in the opposite direction to the rest of the world by granting spy agencies more powers.

The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) or TICS bill passed into law with 61 votes in favour and 59 opposed.

The Act sets out obligations on telecommunications companies to provide eavesdropping capability to the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and formalises obligations for those companies to consult with the bureau on matters of network security.

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