Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Australia’s Snooper’s Charter

Australia has implemented a law mandating that telcos keep metadata on everyone’s communications.

It includes data on who called or texted whom and for how long, as well as location, volume of data exchanged, device information and email IP data.

Australian law already forced to keep some information but this new law extends that.

That’s what I keep saying: once we have some surveillance, governments can’t resist extending it.  It always creeps.  In this case the data must be kept for two years.  I’m cynical enough to think that just means they have two years to get some changes through parliament extending that.

The process of request has also become much easier. Typically it will not now require a warrant.

Perfect.  Every single police officer is going to look up their partners’ records, then.  For some reason, a warrant is required to snoop journalists’ records, but the hearing is conducted in secret.  Besides, how is the telco going to know that some records requested belong to a journalist?  They’re just going to hand them over regardless, I suspect.

Australian Green Party Senator Scott Ludlam has called the scheme “absurdly expensive and complex for ISPs to implemented, trivially easy for anyone to defeat.”  I’m sure it won’t be long until there’s a breach.

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