[LINK] Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2009 - Network Protection

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Mon Jul 20 12:10:38 AEST 2009

I just read the discussion paper. This is about allowing businesses 
to intercept traffic supposedly before it hits their 'mail servers'. 
I have a logic question about it: how do you know what's coming 
before you see it? And why is this presented as if it's ALL networks 
[their approach] rather than distinguishing LANS and WANS, two 
different aspects of telecomm interception. I had about two pages of 
problems with this. It's really a 'blank cheque' for businesses to 
snoop. It specifically talks about disciplinary action, so it's IR 
related, not law related as in criminal.


At 10:55 AM 20/07/2009, Stilgherrian wrote:
>  From the Attorney-General's Department website at
>Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2009 -
>Network Protection
>Closing date for submissions is 7 August 2009.
>The Australian Government has approved the release of exposure draft
>legislation to facilitate public consultation on proposed reforms to
>the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (the TIA
>Act) intended to improve the capacity of owners and operators of
>computer networks to undertake activities to protect their networks.
>Computer networks require testing, monitoring and maintenance to
>ensure they are not vulnerable to known or predicted security risks
>and are able to repel or survive an attack. They also require
>monitoring and maintenance to ensure they operate in an efficient
>manner, are free of misconfigurations, and that network traffic can
>travel at optimal speeds.

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