Citizens Not Suspects

Citizens Not Suspects

This is a campaign for privacy and strong encryption and against mandatory data retention and warrantless mass surveillance in Australia.

Australia's mandatory data retention regime came into effect on 13th October 2015. On that date the number of agencies with warrantless access telecommunications data (metadata) shrank dramatically, but that hasn't stopped 61 agencies from since applying to be put back on the list.

Meanwhile, the implementation plans for Internet-related data are in disarray. The Attorney-General’s Department is still struggling to define exactly what they want ISPs to collect and we understand that the majority of ISPs have ...

This is a campaign for privacy and strong encryption and against mandatory data retention and warrantless mass surveillance in Australia.

Australia's mandatory data retention regime came into effect on 13th October 2015. On that date the number of agencies with warrantless access telecommunications data (metadata) shrank dramatically, but that hasn't stopped 61 agencies from since applying to be put back on the list.

Meanwhile, the implementation plans for Internet-related data are in disarray. The Attorney-General’s Department is still struggling to define exactly what they want ISPs to collect and we understand that the majority of ISPs have applied for an extension for lodging their implementation plans.

Into the 2016 election and beyond, we're campaigning to:

  • ensure the list of agencies with warrantless access to telecommunications data (metadata) is not expanded significantly
  • to extend the warrant requirement for access to telecommunications data (metadata) from journalists to all Australians
  • to reduce the unjustified two year retention period for internet data

 

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Support privacy and strong encryption

 

  • Encryption tools, technologies, and services are essential to protect against harm and to shield our digital infrastructure and personal communications from unauthorised access. The ability to freely develop and use encryption provides the cornerstone for today’s global economy.
  • Economic growth in the digital age is powered by the ability to trust and authenticate our interactions and communicate and conduct business securely, both within and across borders.
  • Sign this petition to support privacy and strong encryption.

 

Dear Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,

We encourage you to support the safety and security of users, companies, and governments by strengthening the integrity of communications and systems. In doing so, governments should reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies.

* Governments should not ban or otherwise limit user access to encryption in any form or otherwise prohibit the implementation or use of encryption by grade or type;

* Governments should not mandate the design or implementation of “backdoors” or vulnerabilities into tools, technologies, or services;

* Governments should not require that tools, technologies, or services are designed or developed to allow for third-party access to unencrypted data or encryption keys;

* Governments should not seek to weaken or undermine encryption standards or intentionally influence the establishment of encryption standards except to promote a higher level of information security. No government should mandate insecure encryption algorithms, standards, tools, or technologies; and

* Governments should not, either by private or public agreement, compel or pressure an entity to engage in activity that is inconsistent with the above tenets.