Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
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    Absolutely NO without a warrant. If the data is required for legitimate national security interest/serious criminal activity then a warrant is not difficult to obtain. I speak from experience. More disturbing is what else will the data be used for, perhaps identifying users that carry out unlawful downloads thereby impacting on foxtels’s bottom line. It’s a bonus for this govt-gotta help their best mates.

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      You’ve been Spied on Forever ! Its only when TSHTF that there is anything said !!.
      Ever noticed that whatever Site You are on An Appropriate ADD will come up for whatever You are waffling on about !!..Enjoy the Privacy !

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      Are you saying that you waffle on particolor? Never.
      What is disturbing about this government is that it has no respect for individuals. Now it is attempting to bring in laws to (legally) permit it to spy on any one of us for no real reason. This is wrong.
      If somebody is suspected of criminal activity then the various agencies should be forced to go through the coutrs. That way there is a trail if citizens are being molested by the incumbent government.
      I do not accept Scott Morrison’s fob off about meta data as the intention is that the public is a lay down misere. Not on.

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      Yes You will be treated to a Treacle Pudding by a Stickybeak Polly !!

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      COURTS LAW – bloody comedian’s on this blog. they don’t have those in Australia for good people, they are there only to protect and reward the criminals.

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      sticky beak pollie stop talking about Chrissy pyne like that.

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    I don’t see the problem here. It’s metadata, so it only covers the numbers you call, how often and for how long. Should that be kept a secret? Why? It is easy to get into conspiracy theories but if anyone wants to know who I call, how often and for how long they are welcome to it!

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    I don’t Care !! They do it anyhow !!.. Dorry aint Dead ..”Why wasn’t I Told ?”

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    The collection of metadata is akin to the post office counting envelopes going to a particular place. They are not opening them and reading the contents. To do that they do need and will need a warrant.

    Anyone who has ever used a computer to access the internet or send an e-mail has left a footprint that cannot be erased. Stop using modern technology if you have a problem with that. Every search engine, browser and even facebook and other social media are mining this information and using it against (?) you. This legislation is just formalising what is already happening.

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    Certain “Keywords” initiate examination of online content. I won’t name them so as not to invite black helicopters over my house

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      The Satellite has Googled in on Your House now ! Just for saying that !!

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      Google Earth is not real time is it?

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      No ! I don’t think it is real time ? but it is an Instant location device ! I’ve tried it !! Have You ??..Its fun for looking up old Addresses Etc !! I saw a Brand New house on the Block where I used to live ?? Very Interesting !! Look up places where You used to live as a Kid Mick and You will be surprised !!..Its something to do in an Idle Moment …..

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      An idle moment? One poster was cheesed off with my dogedness (wuff) and demans to stay with the facts and told me to get a life. And you reckon I have a spare moment? Working on it!!

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      I snoop around the Net for Hours sometimes finding things I’m Interested in !! And I don’t give a Stuff who is tracking Me !! They might get an Education and a Life at the same time !!

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    Anything that will help in the fight against terrorism is legit in my view.
    Australians should not have anything to hide anyway. There is nothing in my mail etc to hide. Anyone who has even the smallest knowledge of the internet should know we are being spied upon. Google and Yahoo being amongst the worst offenders. Install an anti tracking app on your computer. There are many. I use Do not track me and it works fine.
    You would be amazed who is tracking you.

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      Great Idea ?? Now You are being Tracked PRIVATELLY !!

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      “Terrorism” is the word of choice to used get the public to agree. Its a con from a government which lied its way in, so what else would one expect.
      It is my hope that the public and media reject this as the courts are the only legitimate facility to allow this. At least the media has sel interest so maybe it will not get up.

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      as long as it’s not his privates. should be okay, unless they contain metadata.

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    They’re WELCOME TO MINE. AS I DO NOT GO THROUGH TELSTRA i doubt if it means much. Someone may enlighten me.

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    If it is only metadata, then there has been a lot of hooha over nothing. Regardless, in this technological age, the government could access telecommunications records and say nothing; I would rather they access these records openly and with every users knowledge. Lets face it, your Telco has plenty of information on you and they are a commercial company with very few checks on whether that information is passed on…who would know? As for the crap about identifying illegal downloaders, all the Telcos have agreed to block it anyway, so some people need pull their heads in and get a grip on what information the government wants access to …if needed!

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    1984. this spy system has been around since 1985, this spying on citizens. What do you think the ‘spooks’ are doing in Canberra, and it is Snowdon that has finally brought us this ‘surprising’ news. I’ve nothing to hide, so I am in the clear. Doing things illegally? then you will get caught. If you do something wrong, then you deserve the consequences. We have to protect our other citizens – the other 20odd million somehow. And if it takes spying, then it takes spying. Gosh they already have most of this information in any case, just not who we are phoning. They can’t hear the conversation (Yet)

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