Will Kiwi’s watch in disbelief as controversial new law is used to target online dessent & expose, not so-called cyber bullying?

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Thomas Beagle, Tech Liberty, speaking at the Stop the GCSB Bill Thomas Beagle, Tech Liberty, speaking at the Stop the GCSB Bill rally Auckland New Zealand

Earlier today in New Zealand the Harmful Digital Communications Bill passed into law after its third reading despite a last minute rallying of oposition to the proposed legislation.

The New Zealand Herald ran the following account;

Controversial cyberbullying law passes

• New cyberbullying law will create a criminal offence of intentionally causing harm by posting a digital communication, punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment or a maximum fine of $50,000.

• Complaints can be made to an approved agency, which will attempt to resolve the issue and may contact companies like Google to get material taken down.

A wide-reaching law that will criminalise online communications deemed deliberately harmful has passed into law – despite unexpected and last minute opposition.

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill has passed its third reading, 116 votes in favour to 5…

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