Whiteox writes "With the passage of the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 in the Senate yesterday, the Australian government gained the power to demand the storage of citizens’ personal data from telephone and internet usage at the behest of foreign governments. This was necessary, we were told, because Australia had to accede to the European Cybercrime Convention. http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/EN/Treaties/html/185.htm
The convention, described by the US Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/08/cybercrime-treaty-pushes-surveillance-secrecy-worldwide as “one of the world’s worst internet law treaties”, is designed to enable governments to investigate citizens of other countries for activities ranging from terrorism, fraud and child p-rnography to filesharing, political activism and dissent."
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