Liz Tay reports:
The Senate has passed a bill that would allow Australia’s spy agency, ASIO, to intercept communications on behalf of Federal, State and Territory law enforcement agencies.
The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Act 2010 was re-introduced by the Attorney-General in the House of Representatives on 30 September, after the 2010 Federal Election.
Law enforcement agencies would receive additional powers to access and use data such as call records to assist in finding missing persons.
Carriers and service providers would also be required to inform the Government of any proposed technological changes that may affect its interceptive capabilities.
The bill was passed by the House of Representatives last October and by the Senate this morning, despite fierce opposition from the Australian Greens.
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