New Zealand's intelligence and security legislation under review

New Zealand’s intelligence and security legislation is under review and the Acting Attorney General Amy Adams has appointed Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy to conduct the assessment.

The review will consider the legislation relating to the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS), and the oversight of the agencies.  It will also assess whether the new legislative provisions introduced late last year by the Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill should be extended beyond their current expiry date of 1 April 2017.

The review will look at whether the definition of “private communication” in the legislation governing the GCSB is satisfactory and whether the legislative frameworks of the intelligence and security agencies are well placed to protect New Zealand’s current and future national security, while protecting individual rights.

Public Submissions are being called for regarding the GCSB and NZSIS and Sir Michael Cullen says, “We are seeking public submissions to help us determine what issues to focus on during the review, We want to hear your views on what the (GCSB) and (NZSIS) should be doing to protect New Zealand and how they should do it.”

According to Dame Patsy Reedy ,“We also want to hear what would give you confidence that the agencies are acting in the best interests of New Zealand and New Zealanders while having due regard to their rights and freedoms.”

Submissions will be open until 5pm on Friday 14 August  and the reviewers will deliver their report to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament by 29 February 2016.