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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

hello big brother ...

Well, according to an article in today's Sydney Morning Herald by Rob O'Neill, here in Australia the government has passed the Surveillance Devices Act into force last week.

It lets the Australian Federal Police and state police forces investigating Commonwealth crimes plant their own spyware on your computer (remotely and without your knowledge just like any other spyware) to monitor your online and offline computer activities (including keystrokes which you might later delete.) And don't for a minute think that any of the proprietory anti-spyware programs will detect and report this type of spyware. The Act has provisions prohibiting this. Sure, they need a warrant, but the conditions for granting a warrant aren't all that restrictive.

Say hello to Big Brother, everyone... "Hello, Big Brother..."


Blogger the urban fox said...

Good grief. What is happening to the world?!

December 14, 2004 1:45 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Oh don't worry, fox, it won't be long befor Blair does the CIA's bidding and implements similar legislation.

December 14, 2004 1:53 AM  
Blogger the urban fox said...

I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was already in the pipeline. What worries me is that future generations will be so shackled by all this, they'll read 1984 and think "Yeah, so? What was all the fuss about?"

December 14, 2004 2:29 AM  
Blogger BigBob said...

Don't worry about future generations, the current one's as a whole wonder what the fuss is all about.

After all, isn't this legislation just there to catch bad people like terrorists and drug dealers?

A sad day.

December 14, 2004 9:21 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Consider the following:

If they have the ability to put spyware on your pooter, they can do so without a warrant. Do you trust the cops to remain ethical?

There's the malware out there that can take control of your pooter and download stuff onto it which you do not want and which you do not know has been put there.

Police forces have a nasty habit of "fitting you up" if it serves their purpose.

That's what really scares me.

December 14, 2004 7:22 PM  
Blogger Angry said...

I fear it's only the beginning.

It will be easy for governments to apply this technology, telling their trusting public that due to the threat of terrorism, online stalkers and such it must be carried out for their protection.

Hey, and if you frame a few folks on the way, so what?

It's no loger privacy, it's suspicion.


December 14, 2004 8:49 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Hey Angry, like your blog. Very Dave Hughes /Glasshouse. Nice touch.

And yeah, let's say you've got a politcal dissenter you want to shut up for a while:

Scenario one: Load the guy's pooter with child porn, bust him, let the media loose on the whole thing, and you'd pretty much destroy his whole life.

Scenario two: Load her pooter with bogus emails to/from known terrorist group. Include bogus plans for an actual terrorist act. Bust her. Bingo, "data taken from her computer provided evidence of her involvent with terrorists in planning to blow up the Tower of London."

Even better than DNA, which is damn easy to plant too...

December 14, 2004 9:09 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I take back anything complimentary I might have conveyed about Angry's blog. I had only given it a very quick skim, and yet again, I've paid the price for not reading in detail and getting deeply into it. I had a good look at it today, and I won't be going back there.

December 15, 2004 11:04 AM  
Blogger the urban fox said...

What dark horrors did you find lurking within, Gerry? Explain.

December 15, 2004 12:39 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Ah fox, it not for me to say here, but you can click on his name/link (the bit that's in red) in his comment and jump over to his blog and check it out for yourself for yourself. You never know, I might just be a prissy prude... Or a judgemental prick, or something...

December 16, 2004 12:23 AM  

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