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Australian government seeks the authority to access people’s social media communications

An increased use of social media by terrorist groups has prompted the Turnbull government to seek changes to the law to allow authorities to decrypt communications.

Attorney General George Brandis is seeking cooperation from device makers and social media companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

“My concern is the existing laws … don’t go far enough in imposing obligations of cooperation upon the corporates,” Senator Brandis told Sky News on Sunday.

He says companies are becoming increasingly aware of the harm their reputations could suffer if they aren’t seen to be doing everything they can to help law enforcement and intelligence agencies stop their services being used by terrorists.

How these changes would put into practice are still being discussed but under UK legislation authorities need to issue a “technical capability notice”, like a warrant.

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Senator Brandis said civil liberties points of view needed to be heard in these debates, but he believes attitudes, especially among young people, towards the concept of privacy, are changing,

“In the Facebook generation, where people are putting more and more of their own personal data out there, I think there is an entirely different attitude to privacy among young people than there was a generation or two ago,” the senator said.

Labor frontbencher Ed Husic says people have to think differently about a whole range of things that keep people safer.

“It’s striking balance, I think the public is willing, more open to the notion that if we have to sacrifice some of our liberties to protect ourselves, we are willing to do it,” he said.

But Greens MP Adam Bandt was not happy that with every threat of terror the government was taking away liberties and giving itself more power.

“The idea that somehow, by treating everyone as a suspect and saying that no longer are you able to have secure communications with someone else, no longer can you talk confidentially, that everything is potentially going to be open to the government is, again, very, very worrying,” Mr Bandt told ABC television.


2 thoughts on “Australian government seeks the authority to access people’s social media communications

  1. Exactly 1 year ago yesterday – July 2nd 2016 – the last Federal Election was held in Australia.
    It was the second day of the second month of winter.

    * [ 2July = 7th month of the year = 2nd month of winter + 2016 the year = 2+7+2+2016 = 20 = 2 – there are a lot of 2’s here – could this be one of those magical numerical equations of demonology (?) ]

    * [ Significance of No 2 – The Divine Feminine – Our Sacred Mother – These are Yin energies for the numerology meaning of the Harmonies number 2 ]

    The day was reported as the coldest day in a very long time – it was freezing – it drizzled intermittently throughout the day – the wind blew icily cold – there were long cue’s outside the poling booths – 1 hour plus long – many older voters could not be left standing in such conditions & went home – pregnant women left – parents with little kids left – many sent messages – “what’s it like” & received reply’s – “stay home, it’s not worth coming” – we need to ask – “where the poling booths sufficiently staffed ?” – further – was this an Omen ? – Good or Bag ?

    Today the news headlines are not good.
    News poll – Malcolm Turnbull didn’t budget on such failure.
    It behooves a government to have a certain respect & regard for the will of the people – lest they turn there backs on you.
    Dictatorial governments do not last.

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