Cybercrime Bill Moves Forward
PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIAAugust 26, 2011
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require Internet service providers to collect and make available to law enforcement the Internet traffic data of users, The Australian reports. Telstra said the new obligations were "beyond business needs," placing "a significant burden on carriers and service providers in the form of cost and manpower." The Cybercrime Bill will now go to the Senate for approval. The bill's author said, "The passage through the House is a significant step forward." Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Ludlam said, "We are greatly troubled by the fact that neither government nor Coalition MPs gave any indication they believed there were flaws that needed to be fixed."