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[FYI] (Fwd) The Australian Parliament passes ASIO bill
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The Australian Parliament passes ASIO bill
William Maher, Newswire
Parliament has passed laws that allow the Australian Security
Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to tap into and alter data on
private computer systems.
The ASIO Amendment Bill 1999 passed the Senate yesterday, giving
federal authorities the power to tap into private computer systems
for surveillance purposes. This is the first time in 13 years a major
been made to the ASIO Act 1979.
While the legislation gained bipartisan support, some members
expressed concern that bill was rushed through Parliament. Senator
Bolkus noted yesterday that the Senate had waited four or five months
to debate the
"We could have spent more time in the analysis period," he said in
Labor has also expressed concern that the law allows ASIO to add,
delete or alter data on remote computers. An amendment has
subsequently been made that says data can only be altered if it is
"necessary" to obtain access to data.
The change hasn't appeased the Democrats, who claim that the new law
is a serious breach of Australians' privacy. Deputy leader Senator
Natasha Stott Despoja said that the laws could be intentionally
misused to plant evidence. "The government has found quite a
convenient excuse for significant new excursions into personal
surveillance," she said.
Privacy groups are angry that the bill gives ASIO the power to tap
into private computer systems. Consumer group Financial Services
Consumer Policy Centre has previously called on the Senate to reject
it contains "serious flaws" (see story).
This article is located at http://www.newswire.com.au/9911/asio.htm
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