I did a short spot on Channel 7’s “The Morning Show” (which was helpfully captured by a supporter on the web).
The issue surrounds this story that details how the Government have been secretly lobbying ISPs to come up with a new and far-reaching data retention system. This would oblige ISPs to preserve logs all all activities – up to and possibly including things like proxy logs that would detail web browsing history – in case they are needed in a criminal investigation.
What I didn’t get to say on the spot below – which was cut shorter than I expected due to a story about Orlando Bloom’s honeymoon – is that the real privacy risks come from the potential for data breaches and possibly rogue employees. Once these large databases exists, there can be no guarantee about what will happen with them; history has shown us that. Therefore the onus is on the Government to demonstrate why they would be necessary. Rather than do that, they have conducted the discussions in the utmost secrecy, and journalist Ben Grubb’s FOI request yielded a ridiculously paltry result – apparently due to fears of sparking a “premature unnecessary debate”.
Can debate about a far-reaching policy like this ever be unnecessary? Is it premature when the Attorney-General’s department is already in meetings with your ISP?