'Coding error' compromises passports, driver licences in Ministry of Culture and Heritage data breach

'Coding error' compromises passports, driver licences in Ministry of Culture and Heritage data breach

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh says more than 300 people who had applied to be part of the Tuia 250 sailings around the New Zealand coast have been affected by a digital privacy security breach.

UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand meet to discuss the “ghost protocol” aka built in encryption backdoors

UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand meet to discuss the “ghost protocol” aka built in encryption backdoors

Representatives from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand recently finished a two day meeting in London where the countries renewed their commitment to seeking encryption backdoors from technology companies around the world. Private Internet Access continues to protest against government encroachment on tech companies and will never built in any encryption backdoors or ghost protocols.

Sephora customers' data breached, names, e-mail addresses and passwords exposed

Sephora customers' data breached, names, e-mail addresses and passwords exposed

SINGAPORE - International beauty retailer Sephora has admitted to a breach of its online users’ data, affecting customers in Singapore as well as in other countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google had refused to tighten publication standards after it sent an email to users in December that named a man accused of killing a British backpacker, Grace Millane, in violation of a suppression order.

Airbnb host thrown in the clink after guest finds hidden camera inside Wi-Fi router

Airbnb host thrown in the clink after guest finds hidden camera inside Wi-Fi router

An Airbnb "superhost" has been arrested and jailed after a guest discovered a camera hidden inside an internet router placed in the bedroom. The Barker Family from New Zealand were staying in Cork they spotted a hidden camera in the living room of the house.

Airbnb Superhost Secretly Recorded Guests with Hidden Bedroom Camera

Airbnb Superhost Secretly Recorded Guests with Hidden Bedroom Camera

Also in March, an Airbnb guest in Miami found hidden cameras in his room, while in April, a New Zealand family discovered that their Airbnb host in Ireland was recording – and also livestreaming – footage of them.

Australia threatens social media laws that could jail tech executives

Australia threatens social media laws that could jail tech executives

Following the livestreamed New Zealand mosque shooting that left 50 dead in Christchurch, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is looking to crack down on extremist content on social media.

Japan lends its vision to 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance

Japan lends its vision to 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance

Aircraft from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand have been tasked with the bulk of surveillance, although British naval vessels also patrol the South China Sea. Japan has shared pictures of North Korean smuggling with each nation.

New Zealand becomes third Five Eyes member to ban Huawei from 5G network

New Zealand becomes third Five Eyes member to ban Huawei from 5G network

New Zealand is barring China’s Huawei on national-security grounds from supplying equipment for next-generation mobile networks, and in doing so has become the third member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance to take action against the huge Shenzen-based telecom-gear maker.

Fork Over Passwords or Pay the Price, New Zealand Tells Travelers

Fork Over Passwords or Pay the Price, New Zealand Tells Travelers

Travelers entering New Zealand who refuse to disclose passwords for their digital devices during forced searches could face prosecution and fines of more than $3,000, a move that border officials said Tuesday made the country the first to impose such penalties.

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

This legislation comes after the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., and the U.K., released a statement calling for government access to encrypted files on the basis of national security and crime prevention.

Travelling overseas? What to do if a border agent demands access to your digital device

Travelling overseas? What to do if a border agent demands access to your digital device

New laws enacted in New Zealand this month give border agents the right to demand travellers entering the country hand over passwords for their digital devices. Australia and New Zealand don’t currently publish data on these kinds of searches, but there is a growing trend of device search and seizure at US borders.

New Zealand can now fine you $3,200 if you don't hand over your phone password at the border

New Zealand can now fine you $3,200 if you don't hand over your phone password at the border

The nation's Customs and Excise Act 2018, which came into effect this week, allows customs officials to demand "access information"— like passwords, PINs and encryption keys — and mandates fines for those who do not cooperate.

The Five Eyes Statement on Encryption: Things Are Seldom What They Seem

The Five Eyes Statement on Encryption: Things Are Seldom What They Seem

Earlier this September, law enforcement officials from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance—made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—met in Australia and issued a Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption .

Travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 Customs fine

Travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 Customs fine

The new requirement for reasonable suspicion did not rein in the law at all, Mr Beagle said. Customs Minister Kris Faafoi said the power to search electronic devices was necessary. Border officials searched roughly 540 electronic devices at New Zealand airports in 2017.