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Government approves introduction of anti-encryption bill without making public the consultation process

Tuesday, 18 September

The Coalition joint party room must wait until the Department of Home Affairs finishes reviewing public submissions made to the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 before introducing the legislation, according to the Australian Greens.

 

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said it was an affront to transparent, open and accountable government that the Coalition joint party room had this morning approved the bill.

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Tech giants oppose anti-encryption legislation, support privacy of their users

Tuesday, 11 September

Australian Greens Digital Rights Senator Jordon Steele-John said this morning he was thrilled that some of the biggest tech companies in the world – Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter – had finally put the privacy of their users ahead of their own profits, by condemning the Government’s Assistance and Access Bill.

The public consultation period for Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 ended Monday, 10 September.

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NBN must be flexible enough to meet needs of all Australians, in all living arrangements: Greens

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Labor's NBN announcement does nothing to fix systemic network, service issues: Greens

 

 

Monday, 21st June 2018

AUstralian Greens NBN spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today Labor's announcement they would implement harsh fines for NBN Co would do nothing to solve systemic issues with the provider, or improve customer experience.

Senator Steele-John said NBN Co had been set up to fail from the beginning by the Liberal party and simply fining them would do nothing to solve the problem.

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Australia's online privacy must be legislated in the wake of Facebook data scandals; Greens

Thursday, 7th June 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor to detail how the government’s planned cyber security legislation will bypass end-to-end encryption without compromising the security of that encrypted data.

Senator Steele-John said he was concerned the proposed legislation would simply obligate companies to handover the contents of encrypted data, absolving the government of any hand in compromising that data.

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Government still can't explain how they plan to bypass encryption without compromising our online information; Greens

Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor to detail how the government’s planned cyber security legislation will bypass end-to-end encryption without compromising the security of that encrypted data.

Senator Steele-John said he was concerned the proposed legislation would simply obligate companies to handover the contents of encrypted data, absolving the government of any hand in compromising that data.

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Australia must respond to 'State of Digital Rights' report and acknowledge human rights breaches online: Greens

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has backed calls for an immediate overhaul of digital rights protections in Australia in the face of eroding online privacy and the rise of surveillance capitalism, following the release of Digital Rights Watch’ ‘The State of Digital Rights’ report.

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Australia must look to EU for data protection law changes in the wake of Facebook scandal: Greens

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to urgently update privacy protections in line with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to come into effect on the 25 May 2018, in the wake of the ongoing Facebook data collection scandal.

Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said Australia should look to the GDPR as a model of international best practice for protecting the online privacy of Australian’s, particularly from companies that might employ surveillance capitalism.

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