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.

New web spy powers

Recently The Age reported that the Australian, yes you read that correctly, government want our private data.

There’s a very strong chance law enforcement will soon have access to a two-year backlog of our web data and telephone history due to law reforms. But so could hackers and just about everyone else.

The “data retention” scheme, secretly put together over a period of more than two years by the Attorney-General’s department for its minister, has been given a push by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

The Attorney-General on Monday put the proposal to a parliamentary joint committee on intelligence security to review it, among other proposals. If passed by parliament, the proposals would be the most significant expansion of the intelligence community’s powers since the Howard-era reforms that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks

Read the entire story here. 96% of survey respondents disagreed with the government’s plans. What are your thoughts?