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GCSB Decision to Block Spark from Using Huawei 5G Equipment

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From: Alex Janssen

Dear Government Communications Security Bureau,

I am requesting the following:

1) The content of all documents and emails noting National Security concerns, resulting in blocking Spark from using 5G equipment from Huawei.

2) All communications between the GCSB and Spark regarding "significant national security risks" with Huawei 5G.

3) All communications between the GCSB and Ministers regarding national security concerns with Huawei 5G, including the Minister responsible for the GCSB.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Janssen

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Government Communications Security Bureau

Good afternoon

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your official information request dated the 25th February 2019 as outlined below.

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than the 25th March 2019, being 20 working days after the day that your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact [GCSB request email]. If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

Kind regards

GCSB
From: Alex Janssen [mailto:[FYI request #9659 email]]
Sent: Monday, 25 February 2019 1:01 p.m.
To: Information
Subject: Official Information request - GCSB Decision to Block Spark from Using Huawei 5G Equipment

Dear Government Communications Security Bureau,

I am requesting the following:

1) The content of all documents and emails noting National Security concerns, resulting in blocking Spark from using 5G equipment from Huawei.

2) All communications between the GCSB and Spark regarding "significant national security risks" with Huawei 5G.

3) All communications between the GCSB and Ministers regarding national security concerns with Huawei 5G, including the Minister responsible for the GCSB.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Janssen

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Dear Mr Janssen,

We refer to your official information request dated 25 February 2019 as outlined below.

The Official Information Act 1982 requires that we advise you of our decision on your request no later than 20 working days after the day that we received your request. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to meet that time limit and we are, therefore, writing to notify you of an extension of the time to make our decision, to 6 May 2019.

This extension is necessary because your request is for a large quantity of information and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with our operations and consultations necessary to make a decision on your request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit however, we will endeavour to provide information to you sooner if possible.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this decision, please feel free to contact [GCSB request email].

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

Kind regards

GCSB

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From: Alex Janssen

Dear Information,

This request is now overdue. By law, under all circumstances, this request should have been responded to by now. Please advise of any extension that you may require, or I will need to escalate a complaint to the ombudsman.

Yours sincerely,
Alex Janssen

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Government Communications Security Bureau

Dear Alex Janssen,

We regret that we did not correctly anticipate the amount of time it would take to provide a response to your request. This further delay is due to the high volume of work we have underway at this time.

We apologise for the delay. Please be assured we are doing our best to get the information you requested to you as soon as practicable. You do have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman in this matter. Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

We are endeavouring to get this response to you as soon as possible but it is likely to be a couple of weeks before a response can be sent.

Kind regards,

GCSB

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Attachment Briefing Paper Outcome of TICSA Notification.pdf
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Attachment Briefing Paper to Ministers on Outcome of TICSA Notification.pdf
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Attachment 2019.04.04 TICSA Notification for Minister.pdf
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Attachment Letter to Spark New Zealand Ltd.pdf
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Attachment Briefing Paper Meeting with Spark CEO.pdf
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Attachment Mr Janssen Response 24 05 19.pdf
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Dear Mr Janssen,

Please find attached our response to your Official Information Act request.

Kind regards,

GCSB

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