Legislation introduced to New Zealand’s parliament will vastly expand the power of state agencies to censor and remove online content deemed “objectionable”.
The culmination of pushes since the Christchurch event, the move will enable the ‘Chief Censor’ to issue takedown notices and create internet filters, concerning privacy advocates.
A controversial new COVID-19 law has been passed in New Zealand that allows police officers to search homes without a warrant.
Despite widespread concern, the government rushed through the powerful legislation as the country drops to Alert Level 2, saying it is a ‘better route’ than existing lockdown measures.
New Zealand has been under draconian Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions for four weeks and reportedly will not have the rules lifted until midnight on Monday.
From gun restrictions being implemented to biometric surveillance increases, New Zealand has experienced quite a dramatic shift in daily life over the last 12 months.