EFA has been actively involved during the last four years in efforts by the Parliament to deal with the vexed issue of interception of stored communications (e.g. email), and we have fought to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between protecting the privacy of telecommunications users and meeting legitimate needs for access by security and law enforcement agencies.
The 2007 Bill currently before Parliament includes major new powers for security and law enforcement agencies and significantly changes the existing "telecommunications data" access framework. It contains provisions that were not recommended, nor even mentioned, in the Blunn Report, and some provisions that are contrary to recommendations in the Blunn Report. Furthermore there are a number of technical problems with the drafting of the Bill that would create severe practical problems if implemented. Accordingly, EFA has recommended that this Bill be rejected by the Parliament. A Senate Committee is inquiring into the Bill.