By NICKY HAGER
Sunday Star Times
New cyber-monitoring measures have been quietly introduced giving police
and Security Intelligence Service officers the power to monitor all
aspects of someone's online life.
The measures are the largest expansion of police and SIS surveillance
capabilities for decades, and mean that all mobile calls and texts,
email, internet surfing and online shopping, chatting and social
networking can be monitored anywhere in New Zealand.
In preparation, technicians have been installing specialist spying
devices and software inside all telephone exchanges, internet companies
and even fibre-optic data networks between cities and towns, providing
police and spy agencies with the capability to monitor almost all
Police and SIS must still obtain an interception warrant naming a person
or place they want to monitor but, compared to the phone taps of the
past, a single warrant now covers phone, email and all internet
It can even monitor a person's location by detecting their mobile phone;
all of this occurring almost instantaneously.
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