Tax Office Wants Access to Real-Time Data
PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIAAugust 24, 2012
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is asking for changes to the nation’s phone-tapping laws so investigators can intercept data in real time, iTnews reports. The office has access to stored communications such as voice mail, e-mail and SMS messages under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, the report states. “Access to real-time telecommunications data would enable our investigators to quickly identify those involved in suspected fraud, establish an association between two or more people, prove that two or more people have communicated at a particular time and by what means or show that a person was at a location at a particular time,” said the ATO.