The Australian Govt’s rush to snoop

To the Australian Government’s credit, it has called for public submissions and an inquiry before implementing changes to existing national security legislation. Through that process, it has found few supporters, except for the government authorities seeking more powers through the changes.Others, including Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Simon Frey from the Pirate Party, have deep concerns about the extent of this review, which discusses keeping telecommunications data for two years, offering access to broader sets of data from a single warrant, allowing ministerial approval for investigations and making it an offence for failing to assist in the decryption of communications.To continue reading this ZDNet report, go to: see:Data retention could cost over $500m: Comms Alliance, AMTA
A joint submission by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance has detailed data retention reforms could cost the industry over half a billion dollars.Its submission to a parliamentary inquiry into reforms into national security legislation states set-up costs for data retention would cost nearly $100 million.“Insufficient evidence”: Telcos pan surveillance reforms
A number of major telecommunications companies including iiNet and Macquarie Telecom, as well as telco and ISP representative industry groups, have expressed sharp concern over the Federal Government’s proposed package of surveillance and data retention reforms, stating that “insufficient evidence” had been presented to justify them. data retention laws likened to police state: Bendall
Acting Victorian Privacy Commissioner, Anthony Bendall, has slammed the federal government’s proposed two-year Web and telecommunications data retention laws as “characteristic of a police state”.

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