New Zealand rights group blasts new law extending surveillance powers

A New Zealand civil liberties group denounced a new law permitting wider surveillance of citizens on Thursday, saying authorities were “buying into” the monitoring exposed by fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.Media were less critical of the legislation, passed by two votes in parliament on Wednesday after a heated debate, but said Prime Minister John Key’s minority government had misjudged public opposition to the measure.

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