Anthony Robins posted about The mathematics of surveillance saying it can’t work. Obviously it can never be 100% successful.
But Robins also implies that mass surveillance is “being pushed on us” and “that it is being used for unstated goals”.
But there’s not proof of mass surveillance in New Zealand and ikt is illegal.
Mass surveillance cannot accomplish its stated goals. It is likely that many within the security / government system understand this full well. But mass surveillance is being pushed on us anyway. This means of course, that it is being used for unstated goals.
It’s been stated a number of times that we don’t do mass surveillance in New Zealand.
Prime Minister John Key has released a series of documents ‘setting the record straight’ over claims the GCSB had spied on New Zealanders.
Mr Key responded quickly to Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald’s freshest claims – that “if you live in New Zealand, you are being watched” – this afternoon.
“Claims have been made tonight that are simply wrong and that is because they are based on incomplete information.
”There is not, and never has been, a cable access surveillance programme operating in New Zealand.
“There is not, and never has been, mass surveillance of New Zealanders undertaken by the GCSB.
The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has responded to election week allegations it carries out mass surveillance on New Zealanders, denying its programmes are for anything other than cyber security.
It’s been likened to scanning of everything on your computer with virus protection but on a country scale. It’s also been said that large companies and organisations have been assisted in cyber protection.
Early September this year, somewhere in the world unknown computer hackers set their sights on New Zealand. Boffins in charge of security at Telecom, now called Spark, saw a cyber-attack coming in, a big one.
Its internet and email system went down on the Friday and stayed down for 72 hours.
The experts are still trying to work out exactly what did happen when foreign hackers took control of 120 home computers.
Cyber-attacks happen across the world every hour of every day. It’s these sort of attacks the GCSB says it is trying to prevent – shadowy hackers from all over the world, sending out complex viruses to damage big businesses or Government departments, or even getting inside and taking them over.
My guess is that most people would be happy to have their home computers protected from being taken over.
There is no direct proof that the GCSB is hovering up the metadata of ordinary New Zealanders, but the cable programme 7148 and the approach to Spark are possible indications that last year it was on the cards and it may be again.
Mass surveillance/collection of all metadata of New Zealanders by the GCSB is illegal. There are very specific legal processes involved in allowing targeted surveillance.
Not legal. No proof.
Mass surveillance is not being pushed on us. What is the unstated goal of implying that it is?