Comments on: Proposed National Security changes are a threat to civil liberties and privacy Promoting and protecting digital rights in Australia since 1994. Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:19:27 +0000 hourly 1 By: jlawrence Wed, 05 Sep 2012 03:35:12 +0000 Pretty much.

By: Daniel Kinsman Mon, 27 Aug 2012 06:26:04 +0000 "establish an offence for failure to assist in the decryption of communications"

Does this mean hand over your passwords or else?

By: Peter Drew Wed, 22 Aug 2012 04:05:50 +0000 Unfortunately it looks like this passed through today. The Greens opposed, but Labour and Liberal passed it.

By: Nigel Colhoun Fri, 03 Aug 2012 07:12:06 +0000 I wonder how much a cheap vpn costs?

By: Brenda Brett Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:29:39 +0000 I understand that with modern technology that there is a need to be extra careful however this seems to be giving too much power to security bodies.

By: shocked Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:51:36 +0000 Part B, paragraph 10:

"provide ASIO officers and human sources with protection from criminal and civil
liability for certain conduct in the course of authorised intelligence operations."

If this goes through, we will literally be institutionalizing criminal behaviour within law enforcement.

Bernard Keane from crikey summed up the very real possibility of what this could lead to:

"It will enable the ASIO Director-General to authorise any criminal conduct by its agents short of sexual assault or conduct likely to result in death or serious injury or forcing someone else to commit a major crime, to enable agents to more effectively operate undercover; removing the current prohibition on interfering with computers targeted in warrants, allowing ASIO agents to plant material on computers to destroy or alter material; gain access to any other computer, including by force if necessary."

No-one is above the law in a democracy.

Law enforcement and government are expected to abide by the same laws as the ones that govern society as a whole, the same laws we are expected to abide by.

As soon as that line is stepped over we become something else.

I'm astonished that they even asked for this, they must be living in a complete fantasy world.