Attorney-General Nicola Roxon wants unprecedented access to the private lives of Australians

Recently, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article on how Australia’s Attorney General wants access to our data. The report outlines the new moves:

Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is canvassing a further expansion of surveillance powers, most controversially a requirement that telecommunications and internet service providers retain at least two years of data for access by government agencies.

Security and privacy are in the balance as the Federal Parliament’s secretive joint committee on intelligence and security considers Australia’s future digital surveillance regime.

Data accessed includes phone and internet account information, outwards and inwards call details, internet access, and details of websites visited, though not the actual content of communications.

Federal government agencies gaining access to such data include ASIO, AFP, the Australian Crime Commission, the Tax Office, the departments of Defence, Immigration and Citizenship and Health and Ageing, and Medicare. Data is also accessed by state police and anti-corruption bodies, state government agencies, local government bodies and even the RSPCA.

As we are living more and more in online spaces, these laws could affect all of us at some time in our lives. Read the whole article here.