Telco Interception Bill Reported Back

by Desk Editor on Thursday, September 19, 2013 — 2:21 PM

When Parliament resumed at 2pm the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill was reported back by the Law and Order Committee.

This bill replaces the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act which the Government says is needed to ensure the interception obligations of the telecommunications industry are clear, do not impose unnecessary compliance costs, and are sufficiently flexible to respond to changes in technology.

“It will require network operators to engage with the Government on network security matters, inform the Government of certain proposed decisions, courses of action, or changes in relation to an area of “specified security interest”, and work with the Government to apply any specific risk-based and proportionate security measures,” the bill says.

Labour opposes the bill saying it has not found the correct balance between privacy and security.

Reports were also presented from the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Petition 2011/77 of Roy Reid and the Report from the Controller and Auditor-General, Discussion Paper: Managing public assets, June 2013.
The annual report of the Defence Force was presented.

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee said next week the Government would seek to progress the Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill, Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill (No 2), Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill and a number of other bills.

Wednesday would be a Members Day.

MPs began Question Time after agreeing to a motion noting the anniversary of Parliament allowing women to vote.

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