So apparently, these Draft National Security Laws were put forward in the Australian Parliament in the last 10 days. It appears to be in direct response to what happened with Snowden in the US in regards to the NSA, and will impact heavily on individual rights to whistle blow, as well as journalist’s ability to report on said whistle blowing.
More scarily though, it has huge implications for the general public too, giving unprecedented access to your personal data, thanks to the new definition of a computer (from link above).
"For the purposes of a computer access warrant, a ‘computer’ is now defined to include “a network or networks”. If you’ve got specialised legal training you may have spotted the slender loophole here: the definition of ‘computer’ has been amended to mean ‘the whole fucking internet’.
These warrants allow ASIO to monitor traffic, but also take up residence, copy and paste files, install malware, cover their tracks, and basically do whatever they feel like, on any device anywhere, whether or not you’re suspected of any crime. […]”
If this goes through, it means that the Australian Government and ASIO will have access to:
- All your metadata for 2 years by forcing ISP’s to keep records
- This means they’ll have records of your internet searches, your phone tower data, what time of day your usage goes up, your emails, the info you post about yourself on social media, your download history, etc.
- This will cost a fuckton of money, meaning either more taxes, more expensive data bills, or both
This is some Orwellian level bullshit being pulled here in the name of “national security”. Make no mistake, this is an attack on our privacy and freedom of speech! Law abiding Australians should not be punished like this just to find a potential needle in a haystack!
BUT WE CAN STOP THIS!
We need to get the ALP on our side. They have the power to stop this from getting through! We need 38 votes in total, so we need ALL OF THEM TO AGREE TO OPPOSE IT BEFORE 27th October 2014!
Please SHARE THIS, whether you’re Australian or not! We need to get the word out.Talk to your friends, and family. Talk to your local member, and any Labor members so that we can get on side! We need the attention of 38 people who have the power to stop this from becoming a reality!