Chris Ford writes:
Recently, the National Government decided to take up the previous Labour administration’s Search and Surveillance Bill. This bill would effectively make George Orwell’s ‘Big Brother’ character blush.
Already both the Human Rights Commission and the Privacy Commissioner have condemned the bill. Human Rights chief commissioner Ros Noonan has called the proposed law “chilling” while privacy watchdog Marie Shroff said it could be “invasive” of people’s privacy.
So, why the fuss over this bill? Don’t we reasonably tolerate some degree of monitoring, particularly of criminal activity, already?
Well, the Search and Surveillance Bill goes much further than any other piece of legislation ordaining surveillance. In fact, it gives more state agencies the power to tap into your personal conversations, hack (legally) into your computer and install hidden cameras to watch your every move.
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