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Australian Government Admits to Accessing People’s Private Telephone and Internet Records 5800 Times Every Week Without Warrants

Posted By admin On December 3, 2012 @ 6:24 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Philip Dorling
Sydney Morning Herald [1]
December 3, 2012

AUSTRALIAN law enforcement and government agencies have sharply increased their access without warrant to vast quantities of private telephone and internet data, prompting new calls for tighter controls on surveillance powers.

Government agencies accessed private telecommunications data and internet logs more than 300,000 times during criminal and revenue investigations in 2011-12, a 20 per cent increase on the level of surveillance activity in the year before.

Figures from the federal Attorney-General’s Department show that on average, these agencies obtained private data from telecommunications and internet service providers 5800 times every week.

The data available to government agencies under federal  law includes phone and internet account information, outwards and inwards call details, phone and internet access location data, and details of Internet Protocol addresses visited (though not the actual content of communications).

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[1] Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/access-to-private-net-phone-use-up-by-20--without-warrants-20121130-2amwp.html

[2] Confirmed: US government records ALL private telephone calls: http://www.prisonplanet.com/confirmed-us-government-records-all-private-telephone-calls.html

[3] NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-admits-listening-to-u-s-phone-calls-without-warrants.html

[4] ‘Big Brother’ warning over Government database that records EVERY phone call and e-mail in Britain: http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-brother-warning-over-government-database-that-records-every-phone-call-and-e-mail-in-britain.html

[5] Govt accessing private data more than ever in 2012 – Google: http://www.prisonplanet.com/govt-accessing-private-data-more-than-ever-in-2012-google.html

[6] NSA Intercepts of the Private Telephone Calls and E-Mail Messages of Americans Are Broader Than Previously Acknowledged: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-intercepts-of-the-private-telephone-calls-and-e-mail-messages-of-americans-are-broader-than-previously-acknowledged.html

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