Australia: Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed
The senate votes on the bill on Thursday night.
24 September, 2014
The proposal has created additional concerns because of the weak safeguards around access to this sort of personal information already in place. Under the current laws, thousands of local, state and federal agencies can request access to Australians’ personal data – or metadata – without a warrant. Access to this data is so easy there were over 300,000 requests for Australians’ personal data in 2013. It raises serious concerns for all citizens, but also poses major difficulties for journalists and their sources, who can easily be exposed through these laws
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