Intelligence and Security Bill good effort, but scrutiny needed

Intelligence and Security Bill good effort, but scrutiny needed

August 17, 2016

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, saying it is an improvement on current legislation, but still raises issues of concern. 

The Bill addresses issues previously raised by the Human Rights Commission, including: 

  • consolidation of the existing legislation into one piece of legislation in order to improve clarity and accessibility
  • strengthened requirements regarding compliance with human rights law
  • stronger warrant authorisation and oversight provisions for the NZSIS and the GCSB.

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says, “While the proposed legislation is a significant improvement and addresses many of the issues we have previously raised, there are aspects of the Bill which are still of concern. Chief among these is the definition of national security. 

“We will address these issues in our submission and will also be considering how deeply human rights principles have been incorporated into the Bill.

“We will continue to press separately to have the right to privacy included in the New Zealand Bill of Rights.”

Read Our Submission

The Human Rights Commission provided a submission to the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security Services in 2015. Here is a  One-Page Summary  of our Submission. You can  read our full Submission here.

Learn More

On February 24, Chief Human Rights Commissioner, David Rutherford, published a  press release  on the Review of Intelligence and Security Services. You can  read it here

On November 2014, the Human Rights Commission presented a  paper  to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet explaining its position on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill.  Read it here.

You can read our 2013  report to the Prime Minister  on the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill; Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill, and associated wider issues relating to surveillance and the human rights of people in New Zealand. 

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