In a breathtaking display of disregard for democracy and the right to privacy as a basic human right “Sir” Bruce Ferguson told Guyon Espiner that his concerns about blanket spying and data collection were not relevant.
I put it to you that in his role as a member of the press trying to get some answers from “Sir” Bruce Ferguson was very much his job and his concerns on our behalf were very relevant.
The Green Party has laid a complaint with the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, saying the Government’s electronic spy agency may have broken the law by spying on New Zealanders.
Investigative journalist Nicky Hager says the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has intercepted communications from countries such as Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa, and even nations as small as Tuvalu, Nauru and Kiribati, and passed the information to the United States.
The Greens say New Zealanders who live, holiday or work in Pacific Islands could have had their data intercepted by the spy agency, and if that was the case, the law may have been broken.