National Security Reforms

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IIA Submission can be viewed here.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced an inquiry into potential reforms of national security legislation following referral to the Committee by the Attorney-General.The Committee has been asked to examine a package of national security ideas comprising proposals for telecommunications interception reform, telecommunications sector security reform and Australian intelligence community legislation reform.

The reform proposals relate to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 , the Telecommunications Act 1997, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 and the Intelligence Services Act 2001

The Government is proposing, among other things:
-‘tailored data retention periods for part of a data set’ for up to two years;
-a three tiered model for interception capability which includes, a comprehensive interception and delivery capability on the part of larger providers, a minimum interception and delivery capability on the part of medium providers and only reasonably necessary assistance for interception on the part of smaller providers;
-that it will be an offence if a C/CSP fails to assist an agency in decrypting communications; and
-an industry‐wide obligation on all C/CSPs to protect their infrastructure and the information held on it or passing across it from unauthorised interference to support the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Australia’s national telecommunications infrastructure’.

Submissions to the PJCIS inquiry addressing the terms of reference are due by Monday 20 August 2012 and the IIA is drafting a response.
Should you be interested in the above please email Peter Lee

Further details on the PJCIS inquiry can be found at: House of Representatives Committees – Parliament of Australia

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