“Failing to properly scrutinize this bill risks unintended consequences which may impact on the privacy and rights of law-abiding Australian citizens, the media and corporate sector,” Arthur Moses, president-elect of the Law Council of Australia, said earlier this week.
The law has also raises questions about policy laundering through Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing group that includes the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.
“There is an extraterritorial dimension to it, where for example the US would be able to make … a request directly to Australia to get information from Facebook or a tech company,” Queensland University of Technology’s technology regulation researcher Monique Mann told AFP news agency.
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