‘If you live in New Zealand you are being watched’. This is the message from former NSA analyst and now whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

New Zealand as part of the Five Eyes spy network has access to an NSA online data collection tool called XKEYSCORE. What this tool does is allows data analysts to mine through both metadata and content of communications within New Zealand whether it be via email, social media, text message or browsing history all with a click of a checkbox. Analysts can search by name, IP address, email address, keywords or even the type of browser used. Snowden has said “it allows total, granular access to the database of communications collected in the course of mass surveillance. It is not limited to or even used largely for the purposes of cybersecurity, as has been claimed, but is instead used primarily for reading individuals’ private email, text messages, and internet traffic”. Click here to see how the software works. Glenn Greenwald points out that “XKeyscore provides the technological capability, if not the legal authority, to target even US persons for extensive electronic surveillance without a warrant provided that some identifying information, such as their email or IP address, is known to the analyst.” He also told The Nation that “the government does engage in extraordinary amounts of analysis of metadata – meaning who’s talking to who, for how long, where they are when they speak – on a massive indiscriminate scale, not just internationally but of New Zealanders as well.”

John Key still denies the fact that New Zealanders are under mass surveillance, even after information released by Snowden at the Moment of Truth public meeting clearly states that the data cable between New Zealand and America has been tapped to allow for data collection. Since we now know the tool is there to be used by the GCSB as a member of Five Eyes, is the New Zealand public really naive enough to think that analysts aren’t using it to spy both internationally and domestically?

Having said he will resign if it is found that there is mass surveillance conducted on New Zealanders, we await John Key’s resignation speech.


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