You would think that the Police have enough power right? The Search and Surveillance Act gave the Police vast powers…
- 3 day ‘fishing’ trips for the police who can spy on you with no warrant whatsoever
- No right to silence
- Domestic spying by 3rd parties
- The media losing their right to protect sources.
…it was retrospective legislation that was passed so that Police caught illegally spying on the so called Urewera ‘terrorists’ were able to get away without any prosecution.
Rewarding Police who broke the law by making the laws they broke legal is bewildering.
So after gaining phenomenal powers with barely any judicial oversight because they were caught out acting illegally, you’d be really surprised that the buggers were now trying to re-write the Search and Surveillance Act to get MORE power.
That’s right folks, they want more power…
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says she is concerned by a review that may extend Police’s search and surveillance powers in “the cloud”.
Police may be given new powers to search for information that crime suspects share through social media or store on cloud-based computer services.
Justice Minister Amy Adams said the growth of “smart devices”, apps, social media and cloud-based services had posed “challenges” for Police and other agencies investigating and prosecuting crime.
The Search and Surveillance Act would be reviewed to see whether any changes were needed, she said.
“When considering these issues, it’s important to take into account the potential implications for people’s privacy, as well as other rights the Act recognises,” she said.
…the Police have enough bloody power, why do they need more? Will these searches require a search warrant? Because what the Police seem to be wanting here is the GCSB to act as the 3rd party to simply go through anyones cloud without a warrant.
I can’t imagine there are that many sleepy hobbits in NZ who would think allowing Government Agencies to just sift through our clouds was a very good idea, so you’ll hear lots of jargon that makes what they are trying to do here sound really boring and dull.
Strip away their spin and it’s the Police wanting to perform warrantless searches on your social media clouds – that’s the only expansion of power they could gain from re-writing the Act because they already have gained so much unchecked existing power in the first version of it.
Once people realise where this review is going, watch the public outcry and the sudden release of a new Police hip hop dance challenge on Youtube.