Two critical reports by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, have focussed on the practice of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies acquiring personal information about customers by seeking voluntary disclosure from NZ banks.
The IGIS’s role is to ensure NZ’s two dedicated intelligence and security agencies, the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), act lawfully and properly.
Until Parliament enacted a new law in 2017, the Intelligence and Security Act, the intelligence agencies could seek “voluntary” disclosure from banks of customers’ personal data.
Under the 2017 legislation the intelligence agencies are required to seek this kind of information under warrants of which there are two types. Continue reading “Spooks, banks and a difference of opinion about security and privacy”