Media Party are Luddites really, when you boil it down, and hypocrites

Police can arrest you. ?Customs can seize your property. ?Medical people can have you put into a secure mental health facility. ??That?s the whole point of these agencies carrying out their tasks.

So that the GCSB can read your emails, especially when the company you work for has signed up – deliberately – for the GCSB to monitor their networks for security problems, well, it shouldn’t come as a surprise they can ?read your emails?.

When it comes to national security, the Media Party basically do nothing more than tell you there are monsters hiding under your bed.

New Zealanders working at companies and government agencies that deploy the Cortex cyber-security defence system could have their personal emails read by GCSB analysts.

But the chances of it happening are minuscule, according to the spy agency’s acting director Una Jagose.

The Cortex system aims to counter advanced cyber threats and provide malware detection services to government agencies and organisations dealing with “critical national infrastructure”.

The bulk of the screening is done by computers, but Ms Jagose says analysts look at private internet traffic in 0.005 percent of cases.

And the Media Party are making a big deal about this?

“Most steps are taken in a mechanised way so the system itself can identify the malware, identify the fingerprint and either block or defend block or identify,” she told The Nation today.

“Our experience tells us that in about 0.005 percent of instances of data does the machinery throw up a question that can’t be answered by the system itself, and so an analyst will have to look at it in order to see what is this malware, is it new, is it something we haven’t identified yet.”

“The analyst is looking at it not for its content but for what the email and the traffic tells us about the fingerprint or the adverse attack that is occurring.”

Despite the controls in place, analysts still have the capacity to see communication content if they want to but are required to document all the steps they have taken in order to justify their actions.

Of course the Media Party also like looking at people’s emails…especially mine, which were obtained illegally. In fact some in the Media Party were party to the illegality…they are just desperately hoping that legal challenges will protect them. That might work in keeping the state at bay, but it won’t stop a private prosecution.

So the Media Party are basically hypocrites. They want the unfettered right to access any and all information, illegally or legally. But they don’t want the state to have legal powers, even voluntary powers, in order to keep us safe.

 

– 3News

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