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    National Strategic Intelligence Amendment Bill

    I've started reviewing the press releases of the various government department clusters' programme of action for the coming year.

    Buried in the Programme of Action for Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster it seems there are two bills coming up that might be worth some scrutiny.

    The first of these is the National Strategic Intelligence Amendment Bill which might have some privacy issues. From the news release:
    The Bill establishes the National Communications Centre (NCC) as the national signals intelligence capacity for the Republic of South Africa and authorises the Centre to collect and analyse signals in accordance with the national intelligence priorities adopted by Cabinet. It will strengthen controls and regulations relating to the interception of communication thus providing greater protection for the law abiding public.
    The next is the Protection of Information Bill.
    The Protection of Information Bill will put in place a framework for the protection of state information that will be grounded in the Constitutional principles of openness and transparency. In addition, the Bill aims to fill the existing legal gap in relation to threats faced by the state in the course of intelligence gathering by unauthorised entities where the security of the state may be undermined.
    Now why do I think this will ultimately be designed to stop leaks of potentially embarrassing information to the press.
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    There is some seriously concerning things happening atm. I get the feeling that there is some sort of factor at play in taking away our constitutional rights.
    It will strengthen controls and regulations relating to the interception of communication thus providing greater protection for the law abiding public.
    I seriously believe this needs more explaining. How on earth will breaking our right to privacy be protecting us?
    The Protection of Information Bill will put in place a framework for the protection of state information
    Sorry what on earth is this all about. That is like telling your employer that you will have the right to withhold certain information from him with the excuse that there might be some information gathering by unauthorized entity. Are we in war with someone that we do not know or something?

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