Australian spy agencies in line for new digital surveillance powers

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 26/06/2014 12:55

Australian spy agencies will be granted new digital surveillance powers under a bill being prepared by the Abbott government, expected to be introduced into parliament in July.

The government will also seek to establish a mandatory data collection regime, where phone and internet providers are forced to harvest and store their customers' metadata, in a separate bill in the near future, News Corp Australia has reported.

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