New bill gives bosses new powers over internet

A new proposed bill by the new Rudd government could allow companies to snoop on their workers’ emails, causing outrage by civil liberty groups.

However, the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has said that it is needed to protect our electronic infrastructure from terror attacks. This bill would also include changes in the Telecommunications Act as the current powers, which only see security agencies to monitor the activities without consent, end in June 2008.

They are also working on protocols and guidelines so that companies don’t breach the worker’s privacy, a claim by civil liberty groups.

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has said that if a major attack crippled our computer network, it would cause greater economic damage; comparing it to last year’s botnet attack in Estonia, one of the most wired countries in the world.


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