The Government has just announced the introduction of the NZ Intelligence & Security Bill 2016. This is a complete replacement of four existing laws based on the recommendations of the Intelligence Review.
This article is a collection of links to the current and proposed law, the reports, and articles and commentaries about the changes.
The government summarises the new Bill as:
The key aspects of the Bill are that it:
- Creates a single Act to cover the agencies and their oversight bodies, replacing the four separate acts that currently exist.
- Enables more effective cooperation between NZSIS and GCSB, enhancing their effectiveness while still ensuring there is appropriate transparency and accountability around their activities.
- Strengthens oversight of the activities of NZSIS and GCSB.
- Introduces a single warranting framework for intelligence collection activities and tightens up the authorisation framework for granting warrants.
- Brings NZSIS and GCSB further into the core public service increasing accountability and transparency.
- Clarifies arrangements for the use of cover and assumed identities and immunities.
- Sets out the role of the National Assessments Bureau in legislation for the first time.
Articles, commentary, and press releases
Intelligence and Security Bill good effort, but scrutiny needed - Human Rights Commission
Security or privacy - what matters most? - Radio NZ
Why do the Greens hate the squirrels so much? - Kiwipolitico
We don't need the GCSB - No Right Turn
Initial reaction to the Security & Intelligence Bill - NZ Council for Civil Liberties
Green Party to oppose invasive new spy legislation - Green Party press release
'Curate's Egg' security legislation far from ideal - United Future NZ
Gordon Campbell on the new legislation for the spy agencies - Gordon Campbell
The good and not so good of the new GCSB Bill - Office of the Privacy Commissioner
Against anti whistle blower laws - No Right Turn
New spy laws need to strike balance - Labour - Radio NZ
Against domestic spying - No Right Turn
New spy laws introduced to Parliament - Radio NZ
Better balance needed in Intelligence Bill - Labour Party press release
Intelligence and Security legislation introduced - Government press release.
First reading (introduction to Parliament) - Thursday 18th August 2016
Select committee submissions due - Friday, 7th October 2016
Select committee deadlines, second and third readings all unknown at this time.
Text of the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill
The four laws the Bill is replacing:
- Government Communications Security Bureau Act
- NZ Security Intelligence Service Act
- Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act
- Intelligence & Security Committee Act