Australian bosses’ to get power to check email; part of counter-terrorism measures

Companies will be able to intercept the emails and internet communications of their employees without their consent under new laws being considered by the Federal Government to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from a cyber attack.The proposed powers, which the Government wants in place by the middle of next year and which could affect millions of workers, have been slammed as an unprecedented and unjustifiable intrusion on civil liberties.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2008/04/13/1208025032644.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/04/13/1208025032644.htmlAustralian email spy powers ‘a licence for witch hunts’
Civil rights groups have spoken out against a proposal for closer monitoring of email and internet use in workplaces.The Federal Government is considering new national security laws which would allow employers to check their workers’ computer use – such as emails – without the employee’s consent.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/14/2216007.htmAustralian email spy plan about national security: Gillard
Employers would be able to read their staff’s emails under proposed new national security laws being considered by the Federal Government.The new laws would give companies extra powers to monitor their computer networks to prevent cyber-attacks.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/14/2215638.htmGillard defends email intercept
Proposed laws to allow companies to snoop on their workers’ emails are needed to protect vital electronic infrastructure from terrorist attacks, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.The federal government is developing new counter-terrorism measures which include changes to the Telecommunications Act that would allow companies providing services critical to the economy to read workers’ emails.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/04/14/1208025037405.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2008/04/14/1208025033663.html
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,23535343-2702,00.htmlBosses to be made email spies in anti-terror plan
Laws to allow bosses to snoop on their employees’ emails are needed to protect crucial infrastructure from terrorist attacks, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.The Federal Government is developing new counter-terrorism measures which include changes to the Telecommunications Act that would allow companies providing services critical to the economy to read workers’ emails.
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23535254-5006301,00.htmlBosses to snoop on emails – and you would never know
Bosses could be given the power to snoop on employees’ emails and monitor their internet messaging under a new plan to avert a terrorist attack in Australia.Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has said the new measures, which could be in place as early as next year, would allow companies to intercept staff emails without the consent of workers.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23535224-2,00.htmlAussie considers workplace spy powers [AAP]
New laws that give companies the power to intercept employee emails and internet communications without consent are being considered by the federal government in the name of national security.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=55&objectid=10504000

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