New Zealand Spy Agency To Vet Network Builds, Provider Staff

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue May 13 18:01:43 UTC 2014

I didn’t see the NSA telling us what we had to buy are demanding advance approval rights on our maintenance procedures.


On May 13, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Patrick W. Gilmore <patrick at> wrote:

> Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of this. But at least they did it in the open, unlike the NSA (where you live).
> -- 
> patrick
> On May 13, 2014, at 12:12 , Owen DeLong <owen at> wrote:
>> Yep… If I had infrastructure in NZ, that would be enough to cause me to remove it.
>> Owen
>> On May 13, 2014, at 6:33 AM, Paul Ferguson <fergdawgster at> wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA256
>>> I realize that New Zealand is *not* in North America (hence NANOG),
>>> but I figure that some global providers might be interested here.
>>> This sounds rather... dire (probably not the right word).
>>> "The new Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act
>>> of 2013 is in effect in New Zealand and brings in several drastic
>>> changes for ISPs, telcos and service providers. One of the country's
>>> spy agencies, the GCSB, gets to decide on network equipment
>>> procurement and design decisions (PDF), plus operators have to
>>> register with the police and obtain security clearance for some staff.
>>> Somewhat illogically, the NZ government pushed through the law
>>> combining mandated communications interception capabilities for law
>>> enforcement, with undefined network security requirements as decided
>>> by the GCSB. All network operators are subject to the new law,
>>> including local providers as well as the likes of Facebook, Google,
>>> Microsoft, who have opposed it, saying the new statutes clash with
>>> overseas privacy legislation."
>>> FYI,
>>> - - ferg
>>> - -- 
>>> Paul Ferguson
>>> VP Threat Intelligence, IID
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