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New Zealand spy agency to vet network builds, provider staff.

Bismillah (993337) writes | about 2 months ago

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Bismillah (993337) writes "The new Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act of 2013 is in effect in New Zealand and brings in several drastic changes for ISPs, telcos and service providers.

One of the country's spy agencies, the GCSB, gets to decide on network equipment procurement and design decisions, plus operators have to register with the police and obtain security clearance for some staff.

Somewhat illogically, the NZ government pushed through the law combining mandated communications interception capabilities for law enforcement, with undefined network security requirements as decided by the GCSB.

All network operators are subject to the new law, including local providers as well as the likes of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, who have opposed it, saying the new statutes clash with overseas privacy legislation."

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