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#116062 17-Apr-2013 09:29
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Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has announced the Government plans to modernise the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004 to ensure it remains effective in a rapidly-changing telecommunications environment, and also intends to create a new formalised network security regime.

The proposed changes relate to obligations for telecommunications companies, and are focused on modernising the existing interception capability regime and introducing a formal and transparent framework for network security.

The changes will not in any way alter the authority of police or intelligence and security agencies to intercept telecommunications, or reduce the checks and balances on how these agencies can access and use private communications information.  These matters are dealt with under separate legislation.

In addition, the privacy requirements imposed on telecommunications companies under the Act are to remain unchanged.

“The ability of government agencies to work effectively with telecommunications companies is a vital part of the Government’s role in protecting the country from crime and protecting our national security,” Ms Adams says.

“For example, interception of telecommunications has long been used to investigate and prosecute serious offending such as homicides and serious drug crimes. It has also been used in emergencies such as armed offender situations or kidnappings, to combat threats to national security, and prosecute cybercrime, both domestically and internationally.”

In regards to network security, the proposed changes will mean network operators will be obliged to engage with the Government through the GCSB on network security, where it might affect New Zealand’s national security and economic well-being.

These requirements will be backed by a graduated enforcement regime, with escalating responses available if significant national security risks are raised.

“Updating the legislation will ensure that New Zealand’s telecommunications companies have a clearer understanding of how to meet their interception obligations while ensuring network infrastructure remains secure, as we move to an increasingly online world.”

The Act will be renamed the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act. Further details of the proposed changes will be publically available next month when the updated legislation is introduced to the House.

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What is telecommunications interception capability?
Lawful telecommunications interception relates to the technical ability of New Zealand government agencies (the Police, the NZSIS and the GCSB) to intercept private telecommunications, where they have lawful authority to do so.

These agencies use interception to prevent crime and protect our national security.

What is network security?
Network security involves ensuring that telecommunications networks do not contain unauthorised ability to copy or divert data, are safe from unauthorised access, and do not allow others to carry out espionage or disrupt services.

Why are telecommunications companies required to have interception equipment available?
Telecommunications network operators are already required to have specialised interception equipment available under the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004.

The equipment is used to provide technical assistance to New Zealand Police and the country’s security and intelligence agencies to carry out interception warrants.

These agencies use interception to prevent crime and protect our national security.

Why are changes needed to interception capability and network security?
Changes are needed to update the existing interception capability requirements and to establish a more formal and transparent framework for network security. This is because technology is changing rapidly, reliance on the internet and on information communications technology is increasing and the structure of the telecommunications industry is becoming more complex, with a greater number of specialist providers.

What are the benefits of the interception capability changes?
The proposed changes will make it easier for telecommunications companies to understand and comply with their obligations, as these will be clearer and better targeted.  This will reduce compliance costs, deliver a more efficient system and provide a more effective enforcement system.

Will these changes to interception capability increase the authority of government agencies to access business and personal data?
No.  These changes relate only to obligations on telecommunications companies.

The authority of New Zealand government agencies to carry out lawful interception, and the checks and balances on their work, is covered in separate legislation.

What are the benefits of the new framework for network security?
The Government already works closely with telecommunications providers to address potential national security risks relating to the design, build and operation of telecommunications infrastructure.

The new framework will provide greater certainty and transparency for the industry, the Government, and the wider public.

The proposed changes will mean network operators will be obliged to engage with the Government on network security matters, and to inform the Government of network decisions that may be of significant security interest.

These requirements will be backed by a graduated enforcement regime, with escalating responses available if significant national security risks were raised.




 

 

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  #812126 6-May-2013 16:13
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Final draft of telco security legislation released

The Government has today released the final draft of a Bill that will modernise telecommunications security legislation.

The draft Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill was released by Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams after Cabinet approved it today. The Bill will be introduced to the House later this week.

The Bill will replace the current Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004, following a review that started in 2011.

There are two parts to the Bill. The first part relates to obligations for telecommunications companies, and is focused on modernising the existing interception capability regime.
The changes will not in any way alter the authority of police or intelligence and security agencies to intercept telecommunications, or reduce the checks and balances on how these agencies can access and use private communications information. These matters are dealt with under separate legislation.
The second aspect of the Bill introduces a formal and transparent network security regime. The proposed changes will mean network operators will be obliged to engage with the Government through the GCSB on network security, where it might affect New Zealand’s national security and economic well-being.

“Updating the legislation will ensure New Zealand’s telecommunications companies have a clearer understanding of how to meet their interception obligations while ensuring network infrastructure remains secure, as we move to an increasingly online world,” Ms Adams says.




 

 

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All signs point to dystopian future :(

 
 
 
 


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  #813123 7-May-2013 18:37
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And seeing no one comment on this, it seems the bill has full support of the citizenry.




 

 

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  #813124 7-May-2013 18:38
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freitasm: And seeing no one comment on this, it seems the bill has full support of the citizenry.


No I think we're all just a bit speechless with a sense of powerlessness as well.




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  #813189 7-May-2013 19:41
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Well a link to the proposed bill would be a good start:

Telecommunications Interception Capability and Security Bill

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  #813232 7-May-2013 20:23
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The agencies that have the power and resources to tap you phone or bug your house haven't changed. The bill just let's these folk now (legally?) read your email.

What's really changing? (apart from the legality of the actions).

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  #813237 7-May-2013 20:29
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Well for me it's the same as any security feature or rule, if I am not doing anything I am not supposed to, this won't bother me in the slightest. If they want to read the emails between my wife and I, well more power to them. Personally I think they have better things to do.

 
 
 
 


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freitasm: Just received:


Final draft of telco security legislation released

The Government has today released the final draft of a Bill that will modernise telecommunications security legislation.

The draft Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill was released by Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams after Cabinet approved it today. The Bill will be introduced to the House later this week.

The Bill will replace the current Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004, following a review that started in 2011.

There are two parts to the Bill. The first part relates to obligations for telecommunications companies, and is focused on modernising the existing interception capability regime.
The changes will not in any way alter the authority of police or intelligence and security agencies to intercept telecommunications, or reduce the checks and balances on how these agencies can access and use private communications information. These matters are dealt with under separate legislation.
The second aspect of the Bill introduces a formal and transparent network security regime. The proposed changes will mean network operators will be obliged to engage with the Government through the GCSB on network security, where it might affect New Zealand’s national security and economic well-being.

“Updating the legislation will ensure New Zealand’s telecommunications companies have a clearer understanding of how to meet their interception obligations while ensuring network infrastructure remains secure, as we move to an increasingly online world,” Ms Adams says.


Gods, I am so out of the loop... Didn't hear about it until today...

One has to ask though.... How do they determine that what some network traffic is about is going to effect national security or the nations economic well being without monitoring everything in the fist place...

talk about Internet lag times increasing in NZ


And I'm the only non-uber geek to reply... :-(

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  #813283 7-May-2013 21:10
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The Government already have interception capabilities for data.... this is nothing new.  The excerpt reads like they will just be providing more guidance on network design particularly around security and the like.  Which could be interesting.  Maybe someone with enough free time would care to read the proposal in full and pick out any scary looking bits?

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  #813285 7-May-2013 21:14
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ubergeeknz: The Government already have interception capabilities for data.... this is nothing new.  The excerpt reads like they will just be providing more guidance on network design particularly around security and the like.  Which could be interesting.  Maybe someone with enough free time would care to read the proposal in full and pick out any scary looking bits?


There was a bit of discussion about this on the INZ mailing list this morning.  Couple of lawyers did exactly as requested.






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  #813296 7-May-2013 21:33
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DonGould:
freitasm: And seeing no one comment on this, it seems the bill has full support of the citizenry.


No I think we're all just a bit speechless with a sense of powerlessness as well.


That and any comment I make on it is more likely than usual to be seen as that of my employer, who would be affected by the legislation.




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  #813300 7-May-2013 21:39
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SaltyNZ:
DonGould:
freitasm: And seeing no one comment on this, it seems the bill has full support of the citizenry.


No I think we're all just a bit speechless with a sense of powerlessness as well.


That and any comment I make on it is more likely than usual to be seen as that of my employer, who would be affected by the legislation.




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  #813302 7-May-2013 21:41
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networkn:
SaltyNZ:
DonGould:
freitasm: And seeing no one comment on this, it seems the bill has full support of the citizenry.


No I think we're all just a bit speechless with a sense of powerlessness as well.


That and any comment I make on it is more likely than usual to be seen as that of my employer, who would be affected by the legislation.


Well they are underpowered compared to the HP SFF and have far inferior warranties. I understand they are smaller, and I understand the attraction in that, I have a couple of customers who may buy them as remote workstations. It's also worth noting that you require an HDMI Compatible monitor as the adapters we tried with the monitors we had wouldn't work (3 adapters and 3 monitors.  Makes them not retrofitable into some environments.


Er... perhaps posted to the wrong thread? :-)




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  #813310 7-May-2013 21:50
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Or..... it's some kind of code ;-)

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#813312 7-May-2013 21:52
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oxnsox: The agencies that have the power and resources to tap you phone or bug your house haven't changed. The bill just let's these folk now (legally?) read your email.

Are you sure about that? Have you actually read this thing and fully understood the implications - instead of just reading the press release?

This is a rhetorical question. I haven't made time to read and understand it either.. lols..

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