[LINK] Filter trial may have been illegal

Erik de Castro Lopo mle+lug at mega-nerd.com
Fri Jul 2 14:02:19 AEST 2010

And in fact may have been a bigger privacy breach than Google's wifi
data collection:


> Despite the fact that there are a lot of people out there who openly
> oppose the mandatory internet filter proposed by the current Labor
> government, most are unable to argue their case from a purely technical
> standpoint. Fortunately they don’t need to, thanks to outspoken critic
> and engineer Mark Newton, who is now claiming that the ISP filter trials
> held last year may have been illegal.
> According to Ben Grubb over at ZDNet, Newton has been talking to the
> government for a year over how they conducted the trial, believing that
> some of the equipment used would have intercepted customers traffic,
> which would breach section 7(1)(b) of the Telecommunications (Interception
> and Access) Act 1979.
> The key item in question is the Marshall M3000, which according to Newton
> received a complete transcript of all internet data from the trial period,
> which would contradict the Telecommunications Act
> Despite the process taking over a year, Newton still hasn’t received the
> answers to his questions, only a statement from the Government claiming
> they did no wrong. He’s now hoping that the matter will be investigated
> by law enforcement.

Erik de Castro Lopo

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