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

Glen Turner gdt at gdt.id.au
Mon Jul 20 14:08:54 AEST 2009

On 20/07/09 11:40, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> ...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.

I agree. It closes the loophole where employers who intercept
employee mail can be prosecuted if some of the intercepted material
was communications with legal or medical practitioners. It also
closes a loophole where people used online services (such as a
private gmail account) rather than service provided by the firm
or its contractor.

It also adds teeth to "acceptable use policy" agreements. That use
of interception to enforce a private contractural agreement is very
much greater than the original stated purpose of telecommunications
interception ("major organised criminal acts").

The range of "appropriate use" is not defined. That to my mind is
asking for some employers to offer Orwellian AUPs.

  Glen Turner

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