Who says tyrants have no sense of humor? According to Josh Taylor at ZDNet, Australia’s attorney-general department is blaming Edward Snowden for necessitating that the government impose data-retention requirements on the nation’s telecommunications companies. These companies “would be required to retain an as-yet-undefined set of customer data for two years, not limited to but including call records, address information, email addresses, and assigned IP addresses,” he said. Exemplifying the western world’s increasing disregard for citizens’ rights, “Australian law-enforcement agencies...claim that access to the data without a warrant is vital to almost every criminal investigation.” Convenient.
Said an attorney-general department representative, “Telecommunications data is becoming increasingly important to Australia's law-enforcement and national security agencies as they lose reliable access to the content of communications. This threat has increased significantly since the Snowden disclosures.” Perhaps the only shock is that the Australian government didn’t blame Snowden for orchestrating the Charlie Hebdo attack, too. But what should be on everyone’s lips is the same brain-deadening line that state apologists always throw at privacy advocates: If the government has done nothing wrong, then it has nothing to hide.
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