EFA will shortly make a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2009 (Cth).

We previously made a submission to the Attorney-General's Department on the exposure draft of this Bill. We are happy to say that our concerns were addressed and that the new Bill appears to provide an appropriately limited exception for permissible interception of telecommunications for network security purposes. We commend the Attorney-General's Department on achieving a workable legislative exception to the prohibition on interception of telecommunications that allows network operators to perform legitimate network protection duties without unduly burdening the privacy of end users.

There are a few minor issues we would like to see clarified in the Bill - particularly relating to the obligation to destroy intercepted communications and the interception of audiovisual content.

You can view our submission here (500KB PDF). Other submissions will appear on the Committee's website in due course.

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  1. This whole Bill is a farce. It is not about censorship if pornography, safety of children or anything else other than the Socialist idiocy of attempting to control everything and every aspect of the lives of the population. Anyone who has any inkling of the political aspirations of Socialists would be aware of their depredations in other countries.
    Rest assured - this Bill is about one thing......CONTROL!
    Be warned it is only the first step in a police state to which all Socialists defer.

    Comment by Robert H Mercer on 8 January 2010 at 00:39