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With a handful of Australians involved in committing atrocities in the deserts of Syria and with fears extremists are plotting mayhem at home, the government is looking to bolster its powers of surveillance and control. Under proposed new laws, all phone and internet records will be stored for two years, making it easier for the agents of national security to look into our private lives – who we call and email, our daily habits and more.
While the government argues that this data will only be used to catch the bad guys, civil libertarians and privacy activists hotly contend that the laws seriously interfere with our fundamental privacy rights, dangerously allowing the state to put us under constant surveillance. But for many others, what’s the big deal? Surely law-abiding citizens have nothing to hide and the government urgently needs access to our data for our own protection. Is the golden era of spying ushering in a dark age for freedom?
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