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Greens Warn of Surveillance, Data Retention

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

June 21, 2012

Delimiter reports on a statement released by the Australian Greens warning that certain legal codes are leading to a “one-way militarisation of the Internet,” leaving expectations of privacy and freedom from state coercion in their wake. Greens Sen. Scott Ludlam pointed to the Cybercrime Bill (2011) and the recent data retention proposal as examples of state intrusion into private lives. “In Australia, increasingly expansive and poorly defined surveillance powers are regularly passed through the Parliament with minimal debate,” said Ludlam, adding that Australians “have a strong tradition of standing up for free speech and freedom of association--we need to safeguard these traditions in the online environment.”
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