Media release: Government’s dangerous statement about encryption doesn’t make sense

Today the government announced that, while it supported the use of encryption on the internet, it was proposing to fatally undermine the use of encryption on the internet.  The statement co-signed by Minister Andrew Little agrees with us that “strong encryption plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and …

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Joint calls for overhaul of OIA

The Child Poverty Action Group, Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, JustSpeak, New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International are calling for a comprehensive, independent review of the Official Information Act 1982 (the OIA) following growing concern that it’s not fit for purpose. The OIA is used every day by journalists, charities, activists, the curious, …

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2020 Election: what we’d like to see from the parties

The 2020 election is approaching and the political parties are starting to make their promises. Rather than score the parties’ manifestos on civil liberty grounds, we thought we’d approach it from the other side and list the top six things we’d like to see: 1. A Rights-Protecting NZ Constitution – The NZ Parliament continues to …

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Submission: Covid-19 Response (Fast Track Consenting) Bill

The Council for Civil Liberties has made a slightly late submission to the Environment Select Committee on the Covid-19 Response (Fast Track Consenting) Bill.  Our submission was 12 hours late because, once again, the government has given a very short timeframe to make a submission (introduced 16th June, submissions closed midnight on the 21st). While we understand that …

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Submission: Covid-19 Public Health Response Act

After complaints that the government rushed through the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act with barely 16 hours for a selected group to make submissions (see ours), the government has now sent it to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee for post-enactment consultation. The worth of this novel approach is yet to be seen. It is …

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Submission: Screen Industry Workers Bill

The NZ Council for Civil Liberties made a submission to the Select Committee considering the Screen Industry Workers Bill. We submitted that the bill’s attempt to limit union membership was an imposition on the Bill of Rights protected right of freedom of association.  The full text of our submission is attached. File attachments:  NZCCL Screen Industry …

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