By Tim Colwill on August 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Today, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the Government will be pushing ahead with new legislation forcing ISPs to retain data on ALL of their customers browsing activities, without the need for a warrant. (More coverage here, here.)
iiNet has publicly come out against this policy before and still strongly opposes it now. In this guest post below, our CTO Steve Dalby explains why such a scheme is unworkable and why so-called “just metadata” can actually be used to build an incredibly accurate picture of someone’s life.
By James Pinnell on March 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm
It was just another part of the daily news. The Abbott coalition government, as part of their plan to “slash red tape” and “remove unnecessary regulation”, announced that they would amend the Classification Act of 1995. The heavy, clunky, 1980′s style human element of the classification system for digitally distributed games would be gone, alongside a host of other small changes.
“These reforms are the first step in the process of ensuring our classification system continues to be effective and relevant in the 21st century,” touted the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, who was effectively following on with pledges by previous Labor administrations to make the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations in enforceable legislation. On the surface, it didn’t really seem like much of a big deal — the meat of the R18+ sandwich had already come and gone. But in reality, the rest of the meal had finally begun to arrive at the table.
To explain why this change is significant, we need to understand how the current status quo works.