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Spy agency law changes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/08/2016

THE LAW CHANGES COVERING THE SIS AND THE GCSB ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT:

* The SIS and the GCSB will be covered by a single Act, replacing the four that currently exist

* They will both have a mandate to spy on New Zealanders, under a common warrant system

* The warrant system is being strengthened to what is called a "triple lock" involving the attorney-general, the commissioner of warrants, and the inspector-general of intelligence and security

* They will only be able to spy on New Zealanders in cases of national security

* They will be able to co-operate more closely than they can at present

* There will be more oversight of both agencies, and the role of the inspector-general of intelligence and security is being expanded

* There will be increased accountability and transparency around both agencies.

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