On 13 September 2017, the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association and Privacy International sent letters to the Prime Minister and Inspector-General regarding the transparency of New Zealand sharing intelligence with other nations.'
Privacy International, in partnership with 30+ national human rights organisations, has today written to national intelligence oversight bodies in over 40 countries seeking information on the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.
Countries may use secret intelligence sharing arrangements to circumvent international and domestic rules on direct surveillance. These arrangements can also lead to the exchange of information that can facilitate human rights abuses, particularly in countries with poor human rights records or weak rule of law.
National intelligence oversight bodies hold intelligence agencies accountable to the public by exercising scrutiny over the legality, propriety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the intelligence activities of their governments.
The Inspector-General sent a preliminary reply on 18 September 2017.