Why you should care about TICS

The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill, otherwise known as the TICS bill, will be back in Parliament next week.

This bill is a big deal, so over the next week in the lead-up to it being debated again, I’m going to do a series of blog posts about what this bill means for different sectors and why you should care about it.

It was introduced on the same day as the GCSB bill and is its technical side-kick. It gives the GCSB, SIS and the Police the right to carry out surveillance and gives the GCSB powers of oversight over how network providers operate.

But while the GCSB bill was storming through the House, sparking huge public debate and media attention, the TICS bill was quietly moving through the select committee process with significantly less attention being paid to it.

It’s now about to go back to the House for its final stages. And it’s time for us to raise the awareness of this bill and get people talking about it.

Tomorrow’s blog post – why heavy-hitters including Microsoft and Google are so against this bill.

3 Comments Posted

  1. Its all spiralling out of control, our energies get frayed, but even so, these crazy bills get passed e.g. the GCSB bill. How much energy did it take to quash the mining of Schedule 4 lands proposal!

  2. Swamped. Reading the 2002 Corngate scandal where Marion Hobs was swamped with paperwork to read in the weekend before the Monday meeting of parliament Our local CEO, Paul Wylie, says he is swamped with paperwork. This TICS Bill is another manifestation. Why can’t we trust the people elected into power to do the right thing in the interests of the people of the country? No, we have to fight them practically every step, taking away enjoyment of life.

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