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Meet Forsyth, an Auckland man interested in both the snapper quota and the GCSB Bill

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealanders are far more interested in snapper than spies.

But could there be citizens concerned about both fishing quota and the GCSB Bill?

Auckland man Forsyth Thompson is one such individual. In fact, he sees connections between the two issues.

"While the MPI's proposed cuts to the recreational fishing in SNA1 are a direct and obvious attack on recreational interests in favour of commercial profits, the GCSB Bill is every bit as much an attack on NZ," the one-time Google NZ country lead and APN group advertising manager tells NBR ONLINE.

It's just that the snapper contoversy is easy to grasp, he reckons.

"Most people are completely unaware of how insidious a piece of legislation the GCSB Bill is," the Oxford-educated Digital Hothouse founder says. 

"We can all readily understand how absurd it is to give our fish to commercial interests and to want to make commercial fishing more important than the rights of every New Zealander. The GCSB Bill is the kind of legislation the rest of the world will shake their heads in disbelief at. First food, then privacy. What's next?"

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I'm not sure if the comment " of the world will shake their heads in disbelief at." is founded on any substance.

In the United States the powers of the government to 'spy' on its citizens is unlimited in the name of 'national security'. Isn't the crux of the issue that if you have nothing to hide then why is there a need for 'privacy'?

I'm guessing you have doors in your house, Jim? Curtains and drapes? Why is that? What are you afraid of?

In both cases, he, and all of us, are right to be very concerned.

Tricyclist:you've got it wrong.
My congratulations to Rodney were sincere;we need more honest opinions like this.
Makes a change from the usual political spin.

Maybe the issue should be framed “Cyber terrorists and cyber crime exists – all over the world and they have the ability to reach anywhere the internet does. Does NZ want the authorities to be legally able to prevent/stop these activities, or not?

…and if NZ Inc does want the respective authorities to help protect us all from these criminals/vandals – shouldn’t they have the latest/best available tools to be able to do so?

Attempting to stop world-wide cyber criminals in 2013 with decades old legislation is akin to trying to post on Facebook using the 1st ever text-capable mobile phone and wondering why you can’t access Facebook!

Technology and access to it, has rapidly advanced far beyond our stale and ineffective legislation. We’ve all seen the comparison of IT technology verses car manufacturing and if the car makers kept the same pace as IT technology, cars would travel at the speed of light on a sip of fuel, be much safer etc…

… it’s the same with our stale, ineffective and tired legislation that need clarifying and updating for today’s reality of the threats that exist out there every day!

More hysteria by people who know no better. We as Kiwi's demand our right to freedom and safety but just can't seem to fathom at what cost we enjoy that luxury. This isn't the 1950's where global communication was restricted to the local postie or Indian whispers. We live in an age of digital communication and as such our laws and powers need to change reflect the world we live in. And lets be real for a second, do you really think our governmental spy agencies really care about you? You would need to fall in to a certain criteria before you even registered as a blip. So lets stop with the stupidity and over hyped hysteria. The government have been doing this for years before it came to the fore, what makes you think that if it doesn't pass it's going to make a difference? At least this way we can feel as if we have a say in how they conduct business.