Get A Warrant

The Greens Telecommunications Amendment (Get A Warrant) Bill returns us to the normal warrant procedures where a law enforcement agency is required to obtain a warrant before accessing a person's private data. 

Currently Australian law enforcement agencies (other than ASIO) are able to access vast amounts of private data without getting a warrant. This information includes data about telephone calls that you have made, emails you have sent, information that you have accessed online, and detailed information about the location of your mobile telephone.

The online and offline human rights of Australians are being compromised when safeguards and privacy protections are insufficient to prevent widespread warrantless surveillance.

The PRISM scandal revealved that our emails, videos, photographs, documents and internet data was being accessed by the NSA and global corporations. Reports indicated that this information was also shared with Australian Intelligence agencies. More recently, it was discovered that the phones of Indonesian leaders were being tapped by Australian Intellegence agencies. The Greens have called for an immediate inquiry into survellance overreach and the damage that it's doing to dipolmacy, business confidence and privacy protections.

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies need a warrant to enter our homes. They should also need one to access our telecommunications data. Because Australian law enforcement agencies were granted access to personal information about Australians 293,501 times throughout the 2011-12 year, without obtaining a warrant or having any judicial oversight, the Greens introduced the “Get a Warrant” bill into the parliament.

Second Reading Speech - explains why this law is needed
Explanatory Memorandum - explains what each clause does
The Bill - details the amendments to the TIA Act

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