Andrew Doohan at Semper Quaerens offered these thouights on the Australian governmemt’s proposal to capture metadata from all Australian ISPs and thus every Australian inetrnet user. As I was unable to reblog the post by usual method, I offer it here duly credited.
The most condemning part of the current Federal Government’s proposed new metadata capturing and storage legislation is that they haven’t as yet made a case for why this gross invasion of the privacy of Australian citizens is warranted. If, as Chris Berg suggests, the best they can do is to have the head of the Australian Federal Police say “those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear” then have spectacularly failed to make their case.
The reality is that my privacy is not something the needs defending. Rather, it is an invasion of my privacy that requires defending and justification.
The attitude of the current Federal Government, aided and abetted to a large degree by the current Federal Opposition, is to trample all over the precious liberties and freedoms that they supposedly hold up as being defended. It is wrong. It is misguided. And is most definitely unAustralian.
My reply this outrageous proposal was thus: