The new threat to people's rights: Search and Surveillance Bill 2009

There is an excellent write up on this bill over at indymedia

There is a proposed new law before the Parliament that will greatly expand the powers of the state to conduct surveillance and require people to provide information.

This trend has serious implications for political activists. Recently released information confirms that the SIS has spied on New Zealanders' lawful behaviour and private lives for many decades. A promise that the SIS would be more open in providing access to such information has been short lived. Most people who now ask for their files under the Privacy Act are getting letters that say the SIS will neither confirm nor deny whether it holds a file on them.

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