Media release: Welcome prisoner voting decisions from the Supreme Court
   The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court today, that...
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Chairperson's Report 2018
   It’s been an interesting year for civil liberties with events, particularly overseas, bringing...
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Media release: Customs new powers an unjustified invasion of privacy
   The NZ Council for Civil Liberties is disappointed to see the law allowing Customs to demand people...
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NZCCL concern at Five Eyes plan to break encryption
   The NZ Council for Civil Liberties is concerned that the members of the Five Eyes spy network (NZ,...
Privacy International Report on NZ expresses concerns around Five Eyes membership
   The recent Right to Privacy in New Zealand report submitted by Privacy International to the UN...
Media release: A Better Official Information Act
   It has become a truism that that Official Information Act needs to be fixed.  Ask any...
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A Better Official Information Act
   Our history The Official Information Act is the legal expression of a very simple idea - we've...
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Media release: Immigration Minister called on to uphold New Zealand's human rights reputation
   The Minister for Immigration, Iain Lees-Galloway, should ensure prominent human rights voices are...
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Civil liberties and reasonable limits on freedom of expression
   We support freedom of expression as a key civil liberty in a democratic society but recognise that...
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Media release: IGIS report ignores morality of NZ spying in South Pacific
   Surveillance is a civil liberties issue says NZCCL In a report published yesterday the IGIS found...
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Concerns raised over protection from hate speech in NZ's legislation
   The NZ Herald has published an article about New Zealand's lack of laws against hate speech...
Submission: Privacy Bill
   Text of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties submission re the Privacy Bill. Privacy in 2018...
Media release: Disappointment as Government says it has no plans to reform the Official Information Act
   Contrary to reporting last year, it seems that the Government currently has no plans to reform the...
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Blog: No Double-Bunking, No Prison Expansion
   Corrections is introducing double-bunking at Arohata Upper Prison. For those people uncertain as...
Submission: Against the crime of blasphemy
   The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties has made the following submission to the Crimes Amendment...
The IGIS Reference Group: a toe inside the tent
   As you may have heard, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has established a Reference...
Guest article: Public registers & privacy - NZ DNS introduces IRPO
   Occasionally we publish guest articles about matters relevant to civil liberties in New Zealand. The...
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Secret evidence unacceptable
   The recent court case in Wellington where evidence was withheld from the defendant and their lawyer...
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Government to strengthen NZ Bill of Rights
   The government has announced that it plans to formally recognise the ability of the courts to declare...
Submission: End of Life Choice Bill
   Submission The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties encourages Parliament to pass the End of...
Meeting dates for 2018
   The Committee of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties make its monthly meetings open to anyone who...
Official Information Act review requires public participation
   We welcome the government's commitment to review the Official Information Act as part of a wider...
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NZCCL December Social Meeting
   The final meeting of the year on the 12th December has a social as well as a business dimension....
Lecture: Can we have some privacy?
    The last decade has seen an explosion in social media, intrusive technologies and media competition...
Breaking the Code: Encryption and Law Enforcement
   From the Office of the Privacy Commissioner website: Join us for a lively discussion on...
Annual General Meeting 2017
   The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties annual general meeting will be held at: St Andrews...
Police backdoor access to private data
   Once again it seems that the banks have been handing over private customer information to the Police...
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Do the telephone companies store SMS texts?
   The question came up online of whether New Zealand telephone companies store SMS text messages, and...
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Customs, compelled device unlocking, and PR spin
   Stuff reports: A new law means Customs will no longer be able to demand that people entering the...
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Why we support effective encryption
   We know that encryption was on the agenda at the recent Five Eyes spy network meeting in Ottawa...
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Restricting protests, not freedom of access
   Who could oppose a Freedom of Access Bill? Don't we all want free access? However, it seems that...
Tim Groser approved GCSB spying that would benefit him personally
   The Inspector-General of Intelligence & Security, Cheryl Gwyn, released her report of the inquiry...
Four developments of note
   Four recent developments we think are worth noting. Harmful Digital Communications Act bar for...
Letter to Peter Dunne re the failure of oversight of the DIA's internet filter by the IRG
   Dear Peter Dunne, We write to you in your capacity as the Minister of Internal Affairs. The...
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Syrian-born NZ citizens forced by NZ Customs to give device & social media passwords
   Andrea Vance at 1News reports that Syrian-born Kiwis are being held up when re-entering New...
Government's "crime crystal ball" opaque on fairness
   Posted on behalf of a concerned contributor. In Friday's New Zealand Herald we learn that...
Police tasering of man in cell "excessive and unjustified"
   A South Auckland Police sergeant's Tasering of an Auckland man in his cell was "contrary to...
Privacy Commissioner to examine MSD demands for social service users' information
   The Privacy Commissioner has announced an investigation into the Ministry of Social Development's...
Corrections subjects at-risk prisoners to "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment"
   The Department of Corrections has broken anti-torture laws in its treatment of prisoners at risk of...
Meeting Dates for 2017
   The Committee of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties make its monthly meetings open to anyone who...

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