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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I Think The Present Attorney General Is Just Rude! As a Blogger I Demand Protection Of My Metadata From Government Snooping!
This appeared yesterday.
No protection for bloggers from metadata laws rules George Brandis
ATTORNEY-General George Brandis has rejected calls to introduce a US-style procedure for journalists to challenge efforts to access their metadata, stressing “media organisations are not the target of this law”.
Senator Brandis this morning also indicated individuals who partake in journalism outside their “profession” qualify for additional safeguards, potentially placing law enforcement officers in the difficult position of judging whether certain broadcasters, commentators and authors are journalists.
Labor and Coalition negotiators yesterday agreed to amend the tougher security regime to compel security agencies to obtain a judicial warrant before checking on a journalist’s phone and internet records.
Labor says it won’t pass the bill requiring telcos to store their customers’ phone and internet records for at least two years unless the safeguard is built into the legislation.
Senator Brandis rejected calls to allow media organisations to argue in court against the issuing of a warrant to access their reporters’ metadata.
“It has never been the case in our system that a party against whom a warrant is sought is given advance notice of the warrant. The warrant process is an application to the court or a tribunal, or in unusual circumstances the Attorney-General,” he told ABC Radio’s Michael Brissenden.
“Media organisations are not the target of this law,” he said, emphasising efforts to stop “criminals, terrorists and pedophiles”.
Asked how he defined a journalist, Senator Brandis said: “I wouldn’t consider bloggers as journalists.”