Dotcom's Internet Party policies target GCSB

TOM HUNT
Last updated 15:53 03/05/2014
Reuters
MEGAMIND: Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom.

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Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party has released its first draft policy and it has the knives out for the GCSB – the very organisation that spied on its party founder.

The policies would see the Internet Party – if it got enough sway to pass its own legislation – forcing the Government to apologise to the 87 people illegally spied on by the Government’s spy agency.

It emerged last year that the GCSB had illegally spied on 88 Kiwis – including Dotcom – prompting the controversial law change.

The revelation followed the United States FBI ordering raids on Dotcom’s mansion in 2012 on internet piracy allegations.

Internet Party party boss Vikram Kumar said Dotcom had received his apology but the remaining 87 had not.

While the Dotcom case brought the spying to the public’s conciousness, the new policy was not Dotcom ‘‘pushing his barrow’’, Kumar said.

Following events such as the leaks by Edward Snowden showing just how much America’s National Security Agency was spying on other countries, and the Kitteridge report, which revealed how many New Zealanders had been spied on by the GCSB, there was wide-spread public concern about Government spying.

While Dotcom agreed with the party policies, he did not write them Kumar said.

The Internet Party would also repeal the 2013 GCSB Bill, making mass surveillance in New Zealand illegal.

‘‘Kiwis going about their lives should not be subjected to having their personal information and online communications collected by Government spies and shared with foreign agencies in what is a clumsy and ultimately ineffective global spying dragnet,’’ Kumar said.

The party would insist New Zealand ‘‘immediately hold a review of all international intelligence co-operation agreements, with a view to leaving the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network and exercising sovereign control of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies’’.

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Five Eyes is a controversial international intelligence agency alliance made up of New Zealand, Australia, Britain, the USA and Canada. The alliance's reach was highlighted in the Snowden leaks.

Other policies proposed by the party include a review of the Bill of Rights Act to ‘‘ensure it is fit for purpose in the digital age’’ and elevating its status so it cannot be easily over-ridden by new laws.

This includes including the right to anonymity, freedom from censorship, and freedom from content blocking.

It would though allow filtering of child exploitation content.

The party would make it harder for websites to be taken down, before ‘‘due process’’ is worked through. 

- The Dominion Post

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