Private-public partnerships: kiss goodbye to privacy
Just as the Labour government did a dirty deal to release personal information of welfare beneficiaries to landlords who claim they are owed money (thus treating the landlords as a special higher class of creditor and thus treating beneficiaries as a lower class of debtor without the normal protections of the law) so the National government is continuing the privatisation of personal data to the private sector. The consequence is a form of extra, additional punishment - a double jeopardy if you like - for the debtor. It's a nasty, cunty and pernicious policy.
"Pay your fines, or pay the price", as the campaign is being called is just like the extension of the NZ IRD into Australia and other jurisdictions - to get that extra dollar returned to the NZ Crown they are prepared to undermine other principles of justice. In doing so they will breed resentment amongst the growing number of people who fall into their clutches for owing one thing or another - no matter how small.
Already there are ads saying if you even owe $50 (I think it is) to the government they will stop you leaving the country! A blatant breach of international covenants on the right to freedom to leave your own country, for sure, but trashing basic human rights is so common now it goes by with no critical analysis at any level.
So now we have this detestable situation:
[...]the first provisions of the Courts and Criminal Matters Bill coming into force on February 13.
“The message in the ad is clear - unpaid fines may stop you from getting the things you want on credit,” Minister Borrows said.
The message refers to a provision in the bill that allows the Ministry of Justice to release the amount of a person’s overdue penalties to approved credit reporting agencies, and for credit reporting agencies to provide contact details of debtors to the Ministry to use to enforce payment.
The government is now dobbing people into the credit ratings agency to screw up their lives. Just plain nasty.
File sharing is fine when the government does it and lands everyone else in jail. Cunty, very, very cunty.