M Mizzi, Byron Bay
In the latest of unauthorised intrusions into our private lives it has come to light, thanks to Greens senator, Scott Ludlam, just about every government department (and in some cases non-government entities such as the RSPCA) have been routinely infiltrating email and other web-based correspondences. Over 103,000 times in NSW alone!
It seems like every man and his dog, literally, can simply access your correspondence without any court warrants for whatever reason they deem fit! Federal government agencies using telecommunications data include the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Tax Office, numerous government departments, Medicare, Centrelink and Australia Post.
‘This is the personal data of hundreds of thousands, indeed millions of Australians, and it seems that just about anyone in government can get it,’ said Senator Ludlam in the SMH. He said the increase in access authorisations demonstrated the current data access regime was ‘out of control’ and amounted to the framework for a ‘surveillance state’.
It seems these authorities have actually taken George Orwell’s book 1984 as a template and manual rather than a warning against this very same thing.
Do you remember voting to allow this kind of surveillance to happen? I don’t.