Title: Revision of New Zealand’s Security and Intelligence legislation, policy and practice.

Security and Intelligence, Anti-terrorism legislation and practice- To revise New Zealand’s Security and Intelligence legislation, policy and practice to focus these on genuine serious threats of physical harm and to thus avoid the chilling effect of, and abuses of New Zealnad’s current legislation


The government to commit to amend security and intelligence legislation and practice to

a)    narrow the definition of threats to security to remove the reference to New Zealand’s “international well being” and “economic well being” (since these can be widely interpreted and used to make objects of security and intelligence agencies legitimate and peaceful activity and dissent).

b)    limit the definition of security to mean “protecting New Zealand from espionage, sabotage and terrorism".

c)     amend the definition of “terrorism” to limit it to “acts or threats of violence” “designed to intimidate through force or fear of force” and to cover only “serious physical harm or credible threat of serious physical harm”.

d)    To extremely closely confine any powers to spy on New Zealanders.

e)    To end the sharing of mass data  derived from covert activity, from compulsory acquisition of information for other government purposes with other countries.


Why the contribution is important

Why the contribution is important

Limitation of the scope, targets of, and sharpeing the focus of the Security and Intelligence Agencies will enhance trust in government, improve public particiaption and freedom of expression and protest and allow for better government.

The current legislation is far too widely drafted - some of these problems were also identified in a recent independent  review by…  ….[we are not allowed by OGP to mention names!] but that review also proposed to relax the ban on spying on New Zealanders.

by Wallacca1 on August 24, 2016 at 04:25PM

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  • Posted by JanRivers August 24, 2016 at 19:46

    add - and any other recommendations of the Cullen-Reddy report including I believe
    the ability to spy on someone based on the fact that the legislation would describe them as an agent of a foreign power and this wording would include local heads of international NGOs as 'agents of a foreign power" and
    follow the practice adopted in the UK and the US where the methods used for message interception are made available for public knowledge.

    84% of the respondents to the Open Government Survey carried out by ECO's in July regarded providing public consultation on the oversight of government intelligence agencies as either essential or very important
  • Posted by IdiotSavant August 24, 2016 at 19:49

    While I support the aim, I am not sure this is an open government measure. How does it link to OGP values of accountability, transparency, participation, and technology for those things?
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