NZ's cyber spies win new powers

NZ's cyber spies win new powers
NZ's cyber spies win new powers 

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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