Spooks, banks and a difference of opinion about security and privacy

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”