Sheena Brooks reports:
The Interception of Communications Bill 2011 became Federal law on Friday (Feb. 11), and government ministers say citizens should not fear any invasions of their privacy.
The Bill allows authorities legal access to individuals’ communications via mobile phones; landline phones; electronic mail; telegraphs; wireless networks and devices; mailing systems, including parcels and couriers; and other communication methods.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Patrice Nisbett said the draft legislation included a number of safeguards to ensure the protection of person’s civil rights. He explained that the Interception Bill was passed to protect law abiding citizens from those intent on committing criminal acts.
“I wish those charged with the administration of this piece of legislation would try as much as possible to minimize and eliminate any possible violation of citizens’ rights. We have provided the crucial oversight and accountability in this legislation that is required for public confidence,” he assured.
According to Nisbett, the legislation would not be applied “willy-nilly” but would only be allowed by an order of the Court.
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