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Today’s big NZ story that you probably missed, aka a victory for bullshit and delay

A startling story that appears to contradict John Key’s 2014 account of the abandonment of a surveillance scheme is a bombshell – and a depressing object lesson in delay tactics and attention spans, writes Toby Manhire.

So the saying goes, three years, two months and a couple of weeks is a long time in politics.
READ MORE: https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/29-11-2017/todays-big-nz-story-that-yo...

Police confirm agreement with spyware seller

Hacking spyware used by some of the world’s worst dictatorships may be in use in New Zealand.

The spyware, produced by Italian-based company, Hacking Team, is used by state agencies to monitor the communications of people of interest.

The Italian government was so concerned by the sale of spyware to countries with poor human rights it temporarily banned the company’s right to export.

New Zealand Police have confirmed to Newsroom in response to an Official Information Act request that they have signed a non-disclosure agreement with Hacking Team.
READ MORE: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/11/08/58964/police-confirm-agreement-wit...

Pirate Party AU defends encryption from government interference

In the wake of the Melbourne terror incident and the terror attacks in London and Manchester the Federal government is attempting to shift some of the blame for the actions of the terrorists in these latest attacks on to large Internet companies and the encryption technology which keeps us all safe online.

Pirate Party Australia opposes any weakening of encryption because it will be ineffective, it will harm the privacy of ordinary citizens and it will make it easier for private data to be stolen by hackers, both criminal and state sponsored.

The Internet relies on functioning encryption to protect users from attack. It is estimated that in 2016 ‘cybercrime’ increased by 30% and cost the Australian economy three billion dollars.[1] Every time a vulnerability is created, such as allowing intelligence agencies to access private communications, it creates another vector for attacks to occur.

Privacy International Sues US Government Over Denied Access To Five Eyes Surveillance Agreements

The last thing anyone heard about Five Eyes surveillance partnerships via official channels was more than seven years ago. In the intervening years, leaked documents have shed a little light on the information sharing Five Eyes countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) engage in. But the last Five Eyes agreement released is now more than 60 years old.

The Five Eyes group has existed since 1946 and the last document officially published about it comes from 1955. Since then, vast technological changes have altered how national security bodies collect and store information.
READ MORE: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170708/08510237739/privacy-internati...

Five Eyes and the encryption enigma

This week senior government figures from the ‘Five Eyes’ nations - US, Australia, Canada, UK and New Zealand - met in Ottawa to consider further measures on counter-terrorism cooperation. Top of the substantive agenda this week was what, if anything, to do about encrypted communications.

This topic resurfaced with the most recent UK attacks as it became clear that terrorists are embracing methods of communication now freely available (such as WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messaging) to frustrate interception, surveillance and pre-emptive arrests under post-9/11 anti-terror laws.
READ MORE: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/five-eyes-and-encryption-e...

Australia announces plan to ban working cryptography at home and in the US, UK, New Zealand, and Canada

The Australian Attorney General and a key Australian minister have published a memo detailing the demand they plan on presenting to the next Five Eyes surveillance alliance meeting, which will be held next week in Ottawa.

The Australian officials will demand that their surveillance partners join with them in a plan to force "service providers to ensure reasonable assistance is provided to law enforcement and security agencies" when spies and police want to read messages that have been encrypted.
READ MORE: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/26/crypto-denialism.html

UK Government Using Manchester Attacks As An Excuse To Kill Encryption

It's no secret that there are those in the current UK government who are just itching to kill encryption. Earlier this year, Home Secretary Amber Rudd made some profoundly ill-informed comments about how encryption on the internet was "completely unacceptable" and saying that they needed to stop companies from providing end-to-end encryption. And, in the recently leaked Tory Manifesto, it was made clear that the current government sees breaking encryption as a priority.
READ MORE: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170524/23452737451/uk-government-usi...

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