Aussie Government Hid Data on Internet MonitoringAdded: Thursday, July 29th, 2010
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Australian Government decided it’s not necessary to release data on its plan to retain traffic history for all broadband subscribers, because this can cause premature unnecessary debate.
The Aussie government seems to expand its law enforcement powers on the digital world. Apart from its plans of mandatory ISP filtering of all “irrelevant material,” which was delayed for at least one year, it is also proposing plans to require service providers to store the web browsing history of all citizens, no matter if they are suspected of a crime of not.
In addition, a document outlining the plans of monitoring is strictly censored, thus preventing the public from finding out what it is exactly about. The document only could be found circulating among service providers for so called consultation purposes but not for distribution. Internet service providers had to swear to secrecy over its exact content.
Although the government admitted that the public has right to participate in the process of discussing the law, it still believes that because of the early stage of this legislation, the early release of its content can create a misleading impression. However, it’s not clear how its own written words can be confusing and the public debate could be “unnecessary.” The government is for some reason trying to make a great effort to keep this data hidden.
The government has discussed with ISPs a proposal to introduce a traffic history regime for all Australians, but refused to announce the details of this consultation as well. It also denied that web browser history will be logged, pointing out that it will only be information about means of communication not its content.
As the content of the monitoring proposal is already distributed among ISPs, it’s unclear why it should remain secret to the citizens. The only hint is the guess it contains the provisions the public will undoubtedly find inappropriate – for example, data retention.
The issue of Internet monitoring is quite a sensitive issue, which brings questions about data security, privacy, and the costs increase to small ISPs. Providing that the law proposals possess huge implications for the public, one may understand that keeping the details secret will only make public more wary of what the matter is. Actually, if the proposals are so important, they are supposed to get the public’s approval, not be hidden from people.
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Thursday, July 29th, 2010
|The fact that the Aussie government is "hiding" data on government monitoring should not surprise anyone. There is pertinent (whether inappropriate or not) data that is found by means of government invasion as well as secret social control schemes such as this. What anyone should be outraged about, is that the browsers which are incorporating this type of monitoring capabilities are still being used by Australians. Inform your fellow man as knowledge is indeed power.|
|So are ISPs going to be compensated for the multi-terabyte storage servers that will be needed to record all of this data? My God, what a ridiculous proposal. Imagine the added processing time required to log every click and pop-up for ever usery of HTTP? Does this extend to FTP? IRC? I doubt it. Why? Because most bureaucrats don't even know what the acronyms STAND for--let alone what they achieve.|
In Australia, we're dealing with a political agenda that doesn't understand the fundamentals of internetworking. Add to this a failing data infrastructure long-crippled by a (majority) government owned telco and we have a system that WILL fail... due to logging.
Bloody politicians: stuffing up a system they simply DON'T understand simply to further their own political careers.
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