15 Oct 2013

Govt backs away from internet restrictions

9:30 am on 15 October 2013

The Government has made changes to a controversial telecommunications bill that would have banned some international internet companies from offering services in New Zealand.

The legislation, which is back before Parliament on Tuesday, sets out how internet service providers must work with law enforcement agencies to allow them to monitor communications.

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the changes go further than those recently recommended by the Law and Order Select Committee.

They include removing a clause that could have prevented companies such as Google and Facebook from offering encrypted messaging services in New Zealand unless they were able to be broken into by law enforcement agencies.

Ms Adams says she has also narrowed the scope of the matters that must be notified to the Government's spy bureau.