Nov 2, 2012

Revealed: who the govt spoke with on data retention plans

The appearance of the Attorney-General's Department at an inquiry into national security reforms has revealed some disturbing insights into its proposal to retain internet data.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Attorney-General’s Department has revealed it is working with foreign governments on the possibility of forcing social media and encryption service providers to comply with Australian laws on internet surveillance, and established a taskforce to investigate data retention in 2009.


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2 thoughts on “Revealed: who the govt spoke with on data retention plans

  1. Chess C

    “Wilkie referred at several points to high-profile encryption service Tor; AGD officials appeared to suggest they would seek to obtain encryptions keys for such services.”

    That’s very funny, seeing as it would be impossible. Tor is a distributed peer-to-peer network. There is no central key authority. If everyone started using Tor, the government’s internet surveillance laws would be useless.

  2. S. Gun

    That is funny Chess C, but what is not funny is why the AGD had not broached the issue of data retention in the discussion paper.

    Yet it appears they have consulted off-shore on encryption services for social media( Foreign Govts, if that’s not insulting enough )and also regarding data retention.

    So why leave it out, or only pay lip-service to it in the discussion paper? It must have been a major item on their agenda all along and yet they tried to hide it.

    Why are they doing this and exactly who are they representing? It’s mind boggling.

    All I can say is, thank God for Anthony Byrne, Andrew Wilkie, George Brandis and John Faulkner. Sleep-walking Australians have no idea what they owe these people.

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