We will not store your ‘web surfing’ data, they said.
“Just the addresses”.
Did I hear that correctly?
You ONLY want to gather the addresses of every website I visit over a 2 yr period?
You ONLY want to store the names, times, dates and probably most of the unencrypted content of any email or text message I send?
How many times do we as a community have to cut the head off this mandatory data retention snake?
It seams ‘Team Australia’ are now the internet police, and all your data are belong to them.
Activist and opposition figures have should be afraid. Mandatory data retention means every person with an erotic fantasy could have it used against them by a competitor.
Have no doubt about it, there is no safe way to store so much personal data.
Once our government set up this data store, other nations and private interests who want access to it will break in. Anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves.
For every new idiot proof online security device created, a new improved idiot comes along to break it. That’s a universal truth of the internet.
Aside from which, if this whole thing actually IS about ‘keeping us safe’ from ‘terrorism’, then lets follow the evidence. Studies in the US prove traditional detective work is the most effective way to target potential terrorists, not mass-data harvesting.
No, this is about giving a powerful people access to YOUR information.
It is not about stopping terrorism, we already know how to do that. Hence why Australia is yet to have come under attack. We are not as aggressive and ‘global police’ as America, so we are less of a target.
It’s about stopping environmental activists from being able to disrupt profit taking through environmental destruction. It’s about being able to silence voices of dissent.
The long term implications is people like me getting locked up or tortured for talking to people in Iraq. Despite the fact they are friends I have known for years and very progressive, anti-war people.
I’m not joking either, that’s exactly where I see this kind of policy going.
Oh and hi ASIO!
Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of the post 🙂