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Greens question use of ‘TrapWire’ surveillance system in Australia

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 14 Aug 2012

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has submitted a motion for a vote in the Senate on Wednesday August 15, asking the Government to reveal whether the US private surveillance system 'TrapWire' is being used in Australia.

"TrapWire is operating in parts of the UK, Canada and the USA. Its features are reputed to include the ability to centralise and aggregate data from public surveillance cameras and share information across networks," said Senator Ludlam. "Is it being used in Australia?"

Senator Ludlam will move the motion tomorrow calling on the Government to reveal all it knows about the operation of the surveillance system (see below).

"We call on the Government to confirm whether the TrapWire system is deployed anywhere in Australia; if Australian agencies have used information provided by foreign agencies using TrapWire; and if the Government has held discussions about acquiring TrapWire for use here."

 

NOTICE OF MOTION

SENATOR LUDLAM

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate

Notes:

1. Reports of a surveillance system known as TrapWire operating in the UK, Canada and US cities including Washington DC, Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles;

2. TrapWire's features are reputed to include the ability to centralise and aggregate data from public surveillance cameras and share threat information across networks;

Calls on the government to

1. Confirm whether the TrapWire system is deployed anywhere in Australia.

2. Confirm if Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies have access to, or have in the past used, information provided by foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies using the TrapWire system.
3. Confirm if the Australian government or its law enforcement and intelligence agencies have held discussions about acquiring the TrapWire system for use by government entities here.

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