Here we go again, on top of the state using corporate spies to illegally spy on activists, MBIE have been busted creating fake social media profiles to illegally spy on New Zealanders…
MBIE hired security firm to increase staff skills in gathering information from social media
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has hired a security firm to increase staff skills in using fake social media profiles to gather intelligence.
Among the modules offered are harvesting information from social networks, creating back-stories for false online personae and creating dossiers on people and groups.
When informed of the training by the Herald, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said senior ministers would be briefed on the issue when they returned to work at the end of the month.
“Kiwis should be able to go about their daily business without the fear of bureaucrats peering into their social media,” he said.
…I would bet that if we stared into MSD long enough we would find this type of surveillance to be rife against beneficiaries.
Look who has been spying…
Around 70 staff in areas including Immigration New Zealand, Radio Spectrum Management and the Immigration Advisers Authority had completed the one-day course but no staff had so far done optional modules which included harvesting information, analysing image metadata and creating dossiers.
…why the fuck does the Radio Spectrum Management team need to create fake social media profiles to spy on NZers???
Look at how they have been specifically trained to avoid the Official Information Act…
Perhaps worryingly for government employees subject to the Official Information Act, the training includes how to send and receive anonymous SMS and email messages.MBIE staff can also learn how to extract metadata from images, including GPS co-ordinates and device information such as mobile phone and camera models, and create detailed dossiers on groups or individuals.
…and who exactly are they spying on?
The ministry has responsibility for government portfolios including immigration, building and housing, energy, tourism, financial markets and competition regulation and economic development.
- Iwi protesting oil companies
- Sexual assault survivors
- Earthquake survivors
- Green Party
- Migrant workers protesting slave labour conditions
The Kiwi Deep State is obscenely shallow.