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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | NZ amends APEC Summit security bill following privacy concerns Related reading: Global News Roundup: March 14-20, 2023



RNZ reports New Zealand removed cellphone data collection provisions from a short-term bill aimed at security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in November 2021. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provisions on cellphone surveillance were removed from the bill after "further advice has been received that this is not needed to secure" the conference. Member of New Zealand Parliament Golriz Ghahraman indicated the original bill and its broad surveillance provisions had passed an initial readout in Parliament in November 2019.
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