Analyst decodes the PM's proposed GCSB law changes

Security analyst Paul Buchanan says the Prime Minister's proposed changes to the legislation governing the GCSB are nothing radical.

The spy agency has never been able to snoop on New Zealanders on its own initiative, and still won't be able to under the GCSB Act (2003) update outlined by John Key yesterday, Dr Buchanan says.

"The proposed changes simply clarify and formalise what is long-standing practice whereby the GCSB offers technical assistance to other government agencies," he told NBR Online.


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