Privacy Commissioner

by Patrick O'Brien

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Locked: the GCSB will neither confirm nor deny they have been illegally spying on New Zealand citizens.

“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until
we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce our laws.”

Hunter S. Thompson  ~

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Following news the Government’s Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has been illegally spying on New Zealand citizens, I wrote to the Prime Minister and asked — has the GCSB been spying on me?

The GCSB’s director wrote back with a neither confirm nor deny response — claiming protection under provisions in our Privacy Act so as not to answer.

Irony!  Break the law, then use the law to hide one’s criminal offending.

Well, I’m not having any of it, and so, yesterday, I wrote to the Privacy Commissioner. Here’s my correspondence:

Privacy Commissioner
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RELATED NOTES:

 A selection of articles and references on the GCSB’s refusal to either
confirm or deny they’ve been illegally spying on New Zealand citizens.

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