6 Nov 2013

Former MP assured he wasn't spied on

3:42 pm on 6 November 2013

Former Green Party MP Keith Locke says he has received confirmation from the Government's electronic spy agency that he was not illegally spied on.

Mr Locke appealed to the Privacy Commissioner after the Government Communications Security Bureau refused to disclose whether he was one of those it had illegally spied on since 2003.

A review by Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Kitteridge earlier this year found that 88 New Zealanders may have been monitored unlawfully by the GCSB.

Mr Locke says his appeal was successful, prompting the bureau to review its initial response. He says the agency has written to him confirming that it did not conduct surveillance of him.