Radio New Zealand News reports that a political activist is accusing the privacy commissioner of “upholding illegal spying carried out by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).” A report released earlier this year indicates as many as 88 individuals were spied on; however, the privacy commissioner has not commented on the accusations. One of the women concerned that she was spied on says the commissioner’s willingness to allow the GCSB to neither confirm nor deny the accusations is a cover-up of systematic illegalities and that “New Zealanders are opposed to this rampant state surveillance and in particular the expanded powers of the GCSB. We will not rest until the surveillance state is history.”
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