At a glance: Spy agency law changes

At a glance: Spy agency law changes

The Government's announced a major overhaul of the country's spy laws.

What does this mean for you?

In New Zealand, there are two spy agencies:

Under the proposed new laws the GCSB will be able to spy on Kiwis as well - but only remotely, while the SIS can physically search property.

Still, the agencies have effectively the same powers, so why not combine the two?

"Some countries have one agency. Countries of our kind distinguish between human intelligence and signals intelligence and personally I feel that's the way to go," says Attorney General Chris Finlayson.

There are still a couple of hoops to jump through before you can be tracked.

The new law will see the creation of a new Commissioner of Intelligence Warrants.

All applications to spy on someone must go through the commissioner, and be signed off by the Attorney General.

The law changes covering the SIS and the GCSB announced by the Government:

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