Australia

Australia eyes wider spying on its citizens

 

8008F693-CD3C-450B-AD6B-52C6828CEF1C.jpegAustralia’s government is in damage control mode amid reports that one of its intelligence agencies might be given new legal authority to spy on private citizens without their knowledge, including via the collection of electronic data. A leaked letter from Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo to Defense Department Secretary Greg Moriarty proposes that their respective ministers be empowered to approve monitoring and interception of text messages, emails and bank records to “disrupt and covertly remove cyber threats”, including those relating to terrorism and child exploitation……More