The Australian government will seek to introduce legislation giving intelligence agencies new powers, including mandatory data retention. Some of the recommendations include broader powers for ASIO to access computer networks and new surveillance powers for ASIO, ASD and Digo.
The legislation will also seek to make it an offence when the government is aware intelligence material has been taken but there are difficulties proving it has been disclosed to a third party.
Civil liberties groups have also cautioned the government on introducing intelligence reforms without sufficient consultation.
Legislation of this magnitude should not be introduced to parliament without proper consultation and public input - at the very least.
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