Labour, Greens call for review of Five Eyes alliance

Published: 12:13PM Sunday September 14, 2014 Source: ONE News

Both Labour and the Greens are calling for a review of New Zealand's Government Communications Services Bureau, including participation in the Five Eyes treaty.

This morning, Labour Leader David Cunliffe told TVNZ's Q+A his party is committed to fully reviewing all of New Zealand's security services.

"We will be repealing the GCSB legislation and we will replace it with something that is guaranteed to be more protective of New Zealander's personal privacy," Mr Cunliffe says.

Mr Cunliffe made it clear that Labour did not yet intend to take New Zealand out of the Five Eyes alliance, which allows intelligence sharing between the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

"Five Eyes can be part of that review - it will be part of that review - but I'm not going to go to the point of saying what the outcome of that aspect of the review will be," he says.

Mr Cunliffe says Prime Minister John Key was "mixing a few things up" by not differentiating between the cyber security of New Zealand companies and the extent of surveillance, while the Green Party says there is a "critical" distinction to be made.

"The Prime Minister is using cyber protection to legitimate mass surveillance," says the Green Party's Co-leader Russel Norman.

Dr Norman says cyber protection should therefore be the responsibility of an agency that is separate from the GCSB.

"The GCSB, of course, share all of their information through the Five Eyes. It would be better for New Zealand companies to have a stand-alone cyber protection agency."