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Five ways your privacy is at risk

Privacy matters campaign co-brand with EFA
The Government is considering the most sweeping and radical changes to Australia's surveillance and intelligence laws since the establishment of the original powers in 1979.

Here are the five shocking ways your privacy is at risk:
  1. Internet providers and social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, could be forced to retain detailed logs of your activity - such as places you check-in to eat and every word of conversations you've had with your friends on chat and over email - online for up to two years.
  2. You could be forced to provide authorities with access to your private data - including passwords to your computer - without cause. If you don't, you could face jail time.
  3. Agencies could add, modify or delete existing files on a target computer. In a worse-case scenario, ASIO could access your private information and plant something on your computer - like a photo or a document - that you did not write or own.
  4. There will be less accountability when spies access your private data. With so much more data being collected and a lack of corresponding oversight and capacity, it is potentially easier for hackers to access this important information for ill use, simply to reduce paperwork.
  5. If you are associated in any way with the target of an investigation you could be obligated to provide access to your computer and personal information, in order for ASIO to gather information on the subject of their investigation.

Sign the petition to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon using our tool on the right, asking her withdraw the Government's support for these controversial changes to surveillance laws.

Want to know more about the proposals? You can read the Government's discussion paper here (PDF). We're preparing a policy paper to outline the case against these changes, stay tuned to find out more.


To Attorney-General Nicola Roxon,

Australians' privacy and civil liberties should not be breached without cause or oversight. Forcing companies to track innocent Australians' every move online, reducing the accountability of ASIO officers and forcing Australians to hand over their data without cause does just that.

We call on the Government to ensure these proposed reforms outlined in the Attorney-General's Department's discussion paper do not become law.

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