The high cost of outsourcing surveillance

Australian police and security agencies are pushing for greater surveillance powers and that could hurt consumers in more ways than one.

Public outcry over the Coalition’s purported ambition to get internet service providers to police the internet may have died down a touch but the re-emergence of mandatory retention of data as an issue should once again mobilise those worried by its potential implications.

The law enforcement agencies have extolled the virtues of mandatory detention in unison with the parliamentary inquiry into potential changes to telecommunications laws, and the Attorney-General seems inclined to entertain their viewpoint.

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