November 29, 2004

Australian Senate passes surveillance bill

Spy and law enforcement agencies will be able to snoop on suspected terrorists and criminals e-mails, SMS messages and voicemail under a measure passed by the Australian Senate - but only for the next year, according to The Age.

"The Senate passed the government's problematic telecommunications interception legislation sought by police, regulatory and security agencies to facilitate their investigations.

Related article: - E-mails and SMS - about to be less private

But there will be a strict 12-month sunset clause".

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