The government has passed a controversial law called the GCSB Bill.
GCSB stands for Government Communications Security Bureau and last night it was passed into law with a 61-59 vote.
Prime Minister John Key welcomed the passing of the legislation. He said that nothing in the bill allowed for wholesale surveillance of New Zealanders.
The legislation passed today makes the GCSB’s three functions clear.These are:
1. Information assurance and cyber security
2. Foreign intelligence
3. Assisting other agencies.
A number of political parties and people opposed the GCSB Bill saying that the new law restricts our freedom of expression and our right to live without surveillance.
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