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Mass Surveillance of Australian Citizens

11/06/2017

Under the 2012 Defence Trade Controls Act law, “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. One commentator has suggested that it has potential to “[catch] open source privacy software, information security research and education, and the entire computer security industry in its snare.” [1]

A 2015 bill claimed that the government had a right to carry out very broad warrantless mass surveillance of electronic media, including banning warrant canaries. The powers claimed were so broad that they have been called “nearly unlimited.” [2]

As of 2017, Australia was continuing to expand mass surveillance, spending $18.5M on iOmniscient, a system which “works by analysing images recorded by existing CCTV cameras.” [3]

References

[1]http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/12/in-australia-even-learning-about-encryption-will-be-illegal-soon/

[2] http://boingboing.net/2015/03/26/australia-outlaws-warrant-cana.html

[3] http://anonhq.com/australian-govt-ramps-18-5m-citizen-surveillance-capability-iomniscient-technology/

With thanks to https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Australia

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