Aug 16, 2011

Flawed cybercrime bill begs for attention

A wide-ranging bill aimed at enabling foreign governments to access Australians' online and telecommunications data is expected to emerge from committee this week.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

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.


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6 thoughts on “Flawed cybercrime bill begs for attention

  1. paddy

    Excellent article Bernard.
    Shows the value of a journalist who actually reads the fine print and is on top of the subject. Well done.

  2. scottyea

    This is unconsciounable, but probably necessary.

  3. Meski

    @Scott: Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

  4. Meski

    (capitalization is Benjamin Franklin’s)

  5. Oscar Jones

    Along with terrorism And still they try to frighten us with ‘pedo’ alarm and promote the idea that unless this bill passes the net will be awash with kiddie p*rn.

    The infamous Operation Auxon from about ten years ago was the beginning of this (which hand in hand with Operation Ore in the UK) dragged hundreds of names through the media on false information provided by an FBI officer who has now aknowledged they got it wrong and people were prosecuted on the strength of stolen credit cards.

    Reputable British journalists uncovered this but not one single Australian one questioned one single aspect and even when 60 (dull) Minutes brandished a folder with about 5000 names handed over to them by the AFP- a totally illegal act they all sang from the same song sheet in a determined move by law enforcement bosses and compliant politicians who simply cannot abide an entity they cannot control- the internet.

  6. Meski

    Looks like a lot more VPNs with endpoints in the same sort of countries that have tax haven bank accounts. Which will only show the authorities that I have a connection from my ISP to Liechtenstein, and no information about where it goes thereafter.

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