This is the real threat to online pirates, and the digital privacy of Australians



DATE: 22/12/2016
AUTHOR: NICK WHIGHAM
SOURCE: NEWS.COM.AU




YOUR digital privacy is being incrementally eroded at an alarming rate, Australian privacy advocates warn.

The concern comes as the Attorney-General’s Department announced it is considering opening up access to people’s personal telecommunications metadata in civil proceedings.

In doing so the Turnbull government is quietly heading down a path that many warned was coming more than two years ago when the Coalition first introduced mandatory data laws forcing the country’s telcos to collect and keep the incredibly revealing metadata of its customers.

This week internet service providers began blocking access to sites that host illegal torrents and streaming services but the site blocking regime has already proved fallible. However this could prove to be the real threat to online pirates.

If civil suits are allowed to request a person’s metadata it could one day be used by rights holders to go after online pirates.

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