25 January 2019
We wouldn’t allow the state to go through our mailbox, spying online is no different: Green Party
Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson will be speaking at the annual Waihopai spy base demonstration this Saturday
January 26, protesting against international spying which puts the human rights and privacy of global citizens at risk.
“The Waihopai spy base represents a worrying culture of spying that is dangerous to society. There would be outrage if
the state or corporations reached into our letter box and opened up our mail, why is it okay online?” Green Co-leader
Marama Davidson said today.
“New Zealand’s involvement in mass surveillance of electronic communications on behalf of the Five Eyes Network is part
of this increasingly alarming trend of digital information being intercepted by the state.
“We must protect our right to privacy, particularly in a digital age.
“We are calling for the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security to be made an Officer of Parliament to provide a
check on the arbitrary use of espionage power by the executive, and for the Intelligence and Securities Committee to be
made a proper Parliamentary Committee so that all Parliamentarians have access to information and can hold the
intelligence services to account”.