PRISM is a system that uses a back door to access emails audio and video chats, photographs, documents, connection logs and location data. Its existence was revealed by Guardian journalists and whistleblower Edwards Snowden.

Australian intelligence agencies are reported to be receiving huge volumes of information through PRISM. 

Senator Ludlam asked Questions on Notice as soon as the story broke.

He asked follow up questions about Edward Snowden as a non-citizen of concern.

He made a speech on the vital role of whistelblowers in a democracy.

He posed a Question without Notice in Senate Question time on Monday 17 June  - and commented on the poor answer received 

He posed a motion to the Senate calling on the Attorney General to provide and explanation to the Australian people - it was rejected

He has introduced a Bill that would force law enforcement to get a warrant before they can collect private communications data on Australians

The Greens are the only Australian political party astounded by widespread surveillance of Australian citizens and the meaninglessness of Australia's Privacy Principles.

Latest on PRISM Break


AFP - National Facial Recognition System and the AFP's new data-centre

28 May 2015

Scott questions the AFP and Attorney-General George Brandis about the National Facial Recognition System and the AFP's new datacentre.


QON- Attorney General answers: all the internet surveillance that we admit to allowing is legal

26 Mar 2014

Edward Snowden's leaks raised some very serious questions about the 97% of our internet communications that are carried by submarine cables. At the point where the cables reach the land, they are spliced by NSA and other agencies, and the entire contents of the web is sent back to whatever place the US is keeping all this information. Senator Ludlam asks some serious questions about the legality of this practise and other aspects of our surveilllance state.


Estimates: ASIO not reporting on warrantless surveillance requests

12 Mar 2014

Because ASIO do not have reporting obligations under the TIA Act, we have no idea how much metadata material they are scooping up, which nearly all other agencies report in the TIA Act annual report. Does the inspector general have visibility of the volume of warrantless surveillance requests that ASIO make?


Estimates: How much accidental eavesdropping has ASIO done?

12 Mar 2014

The annual intelligence report inicates that ASIO made inadvertent collection of third-party communications whilst under a valid warrant. How many cases of inadvertent collection were there? Were the people directly concerned ever told?


Senate to vote on the right to privacy and data security today

10 Dec 2013

Senate to vote on the right to privacy and data security today

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