Senator: Cybercrime Bill Has "Serious Flaws"
PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIAAugust 20, 2011
Greens Sen. Scott Ludlam says a proposed cybercrime bill has "serious flaws" and "goes well beyond the already controversial European convention on which it is based," The Australian reports. The bill, which would require ISPs to collect Internet traffic to assist law enforcement authorities, was introduced by Attorney-General Robert McClelland in June. Ludlam said, "We have recommended a number of improvements to the bill, fixing flaws and clarifying the ombudsman's powers to inspect and audit compliance with the preservation regime." McClelland said he welcomes the report, adding that "some recent commentary contains inaccuracies which need to be corrected."