The fate of a bill that potentially opens the door to mass surveillance of internet usage is expected to be determined later this week when the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety reports on the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011.

The Bill is intended to enable Australia to accede to the European Convention on Cybercrime by, inter alia, establishing processes enabling foreign governments to demand the preservation and handing over of internet and telecommunications usage data relating to online crime. However, a range of groups have drawn attention to what is either intentional overreach in the bill or poor drafting that would open the way for authorities, at the behest of foreign governments, to demand the preservation of all user information by ISPs and telcos.