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6 Nov, 2013

New Zealand approves email and phone-snooping law – theguardian.com

New Zealand’s parliament has narrowly passed new legislation compelling telecommunication companies to allow the intelligence agencies to access customers’ emails, texts and phone calls.

Under the telecommunications interceptions and security capability bill, firms must also consult with the electronic eavesdropping agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, (GCSB), when developing new infrastructure and networks, and allow interception equipment to be installed on their networks.

The law, which passed by 61 votes to 59, would give GCSB powers similar to Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the US National Security Agency (NSA). Along with the Australian and Canadian intelligence agencies, GCSB shares large amounts of data with its US and UK counterparts through the “Five Eyes” electronic espionage alliance.

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