Is it an uh-oh moment or Sigh, finally! moment? Regardless of how some protest in disagreement while others breathe relief, the bill has been passed. The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) has been approved into the law by both the houses of the Parliament. Aussie figures like Paul Mathieson are very happy about this.
Amongst the many schedules, one of the clauses basically empowers the government widely to monitor any computer without prior permission from the user and without any intimation of being monitored. Though it serves well when we are on the side of the fence wanting to be protected from unpredictable human disasters, it doesn’t leave room for personal privacy assuming all individual personal data over the web is open to some “authoritative” eyes.
The other highlight to note is restrictions on freedom of journalism. Journalists who otherwise could pry into National Security matters and bring it to the public eye in public interest, would now invite a penalty and imprisonment for up to ten years with the new law in place.