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Every mobile phone a potential tracking device for police or ASIO; Greens dismay as law says every website address a person visits could be monitored, with no judicial oversight and no accountability

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle (New South Wales) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007 opened up the prospect of communications being able to be observed in effectively real-time.

Every mobile a potential tracking device: “This will mean every mobile phone could become a tracking device for the police or ASIO. Every website address a person visits will also be able to be monitored. And there is no judicial oversight and no accountability.”

Beware uncontrolled big brother: “To much of the Australian public, particularly those who know that Big Brother was a novel by George Orwell not a just a television show, such a prospect is no doubt of extreme concern. It is certainly of concern to The Greens. It is important to remember when considering this issue that the Telecommunications Interception Act 1979 was passed at a time when digital communications did not exist. It was then accepted that the tapping of someone’s phone was such a significant encroachment on a person’s privacy that a warrant was required and judicial oversight was needed.”

Reference: Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales, Australian Greens Party, Senate Hansard, Commonwealth of Australia, 20 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 7/10/2007

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