Australians warned of new internet surveillance tax.
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We are now entering the stage where our Australian government and it's leaders are quickly following the path of the US.
All of this spying and metadata retention, keeping YOUR personal info, can be used against you in so many ways, should our government wish to.
They want to know Your opinions, what YOU do, where YOU go, what YOU buy, what YOUR views are, who YOUR friends are, WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THEM! and do YOU spread your leaked information on social media.
WE MUST STOP DATA RETENTION AUSTRALIA !!!!
--- Who votes for these freaks -? This George Brandis has to go --
Australian consumers might have to pay a new “surveillance tax” if federal government plans to force telco companies to retain user data for two years go ahead.
As reported in The Sydney Morning Herald , Attorney-General George Brandis said such a scheme, which is being lobbied for by government security agencies, “is under active consideration”.
But the Communications Alliance, the peak group representing the telecommunications industry, argues that such a scheme could cost the industry between $500 million and $700 million dollars a year.
Because any new cost would be passed on to consumers, the industry argues that it would amount to a new tax. Instead, the industry said government agencies requiring the stored data should pay for the storage to prevent an impost on both the industry and consumers.
There are also privacy concerns and a former United States National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake has warned Australians against data retention on the grounds that privacy may be jeopardised.
If such the proposed policy went ahead, data collected could include a wide array of “metadata”. This data could include time and place of access to the internet, URLs, IP addresses as well as telephone and email records.
”It is not just the shifting of costs that we’re worried about, but also obligations to service providers who, at the end of the day, are not police and can sometimes struggle to deal with requests if they’re required to process issues in which frankly, they’re not trained,’’ Communications Alliance chief executive John Stanton said.
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A group led by worried senators believe the legislation will be introduced Wednesday and a protest has been organised with the demand to “ stop data retention”.
Two cross bench senators, Nick Xenophon and David Leyonhjelm will join the Greens Scott Ludlam and civil liberties groups.
A key issue will be who pays for the storage and the running costs. Communication companies have absorbed the costs of data retention used by police but this proposal is much bigger.
It could cost $600 million to set up and a further $100 million a year to operate, according to calculations given to the former Labor government when it looked at the idea.
The cost of the scheme might increase were security organisations to ask for more details on messages — known as “scope creep” — or if individual Australians demand internet companies release details of their metadata stored.
The Communications Alliance, representing communications providers, is waiting to see the legislation which the Government has promised will be provided this year, but is ready to argue the storage requirements are out of proportion to the benefit.
The “vast majority” of metadata used by police to chase criminals is six months old or less,” Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said.
“The Government has yet to put forward a rationale for wanting the sizeable impost presented by a requirement to keep all data for two years.
“A related and important issue is the fact that such a rich honeypot of data may be tempting for hackers and cyber-criminals.”