Australia Passes Flawed Internet Security LawAdded: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
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The Green Party was furious after the main Government and Opposition had finally passed a US-pushed Cybercrime Bill without any changes through the House of Representatives.
The legislation in its current form was proved unworkable and abusing fundamental human rights by a special committee that recommended to introduce some changes in order to fix serious flaws. Nevertheless, when the law appeared in the House the second time, no suggested recommendations were adopted, so the legislation just passed through in its flawed state.
Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens representative, claimed that the Cyber Safety Committee had already issued a very critical unanimous report on the legislation, which suggested a number of amendments and demands for clarification not addressed in the House.
In response, the Attorney General said a few days ago that he was considering the report before the debate in the Senate, so the Green Party was looking forward to working with both parties in order to try and fix this flawed legislation in the Senate. Nevertheless, they were very troubled by the fact that the Labor Party, as well as Coalition, didn’t give any indication in the House that they thought any of the flaws had to be fixed. On the contrary, they expressed nothing but praise!
The controversial legislation was supposed to help establish improved cooperation between law enforcement agencies dealing with serious crime. However, the select committee was complaining that the bill went well beyond the already controversial European Convention on which it was based and was about to encroach on civil liberties.
For example, the European Treaty didn't demand ongoing collection and retention of communications, but the Aussie cybercrime legislation did. According to the Convention, police weren’t required to pass on information if it related to a political offense or if passing on the information was inconsistent with human rights standards. On the contrary, this bill contained no such exemption. These were considered as disturbing flaws that should have been fixed. However, the Government and Opposition had for some reason passed this Bill through the House without acknowledgment of this. It seems that the country is getting more and more crazy when it comes to issues like online monitoring and censorship.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
|Doesn't Sound Good To Me.|
|Australia always follows America's lead religiously. It sickens me.||
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