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Online Anonymity May Become Illegal In Australia

The Federal Government of Australia has signaled a motion to remove online anonymity from social media users in the name of safety. Complaints about “abuse” from social media have prompted the Australian Government to take action. The problem is that their plan of action will punish innocent people by removing their online freedom. The plan is to require Australians to link their social media accounts to one of 100 forms of identification, such as a driver’s license.

Police will have full access to all of these social media accounts. Their access will include the ability to delete and/or modify data, and completely take over accounts. They also have the power to monitor the activity of social media users in Australia beyond what is available to the general public. This type of social media monitoring also happens in the United States. However, in the US there must be a criminal investigation and a warrant to spy on someone. Well, at least that’s usually the case. Sometimes extrajudicial things happen but that is another story. Warrants won’t be necessary for any of this action in Australia as police can simply submit a request to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. This tribunal does not require any judge to intervene in order to grant a warrant.

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There are more reasons these measures are on the table beyond the blanket “fighting abuse” excuse. Australian authorities also cite a need to fight terrorism and child trafficking. Those are absolutely valid excuses to monitor social media profiles beyond what is available to the general public. But the problem is that every day people will be caught up in the dragnet of investigation just for being suspected of “abuse”. Fighting terrorism should not place the identity of a social media troll at risk of being exposed to the general public. Trolls are typically an unwanted nuisance but that doesn’t mean they should be placed on the same level as an Osama Bin Laden.

SOURCES:

WATCH: Australian government plans Chinese-style ‘social credit’ system for social media users | The Post Millennial

Australia’s New Police Powers Allow Them To Control Social Media Accounts, Delete Data | IFLScience

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3 COMMENTS

  1. From the Australian Electoral Commission: “It is compulsory by law for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol [sic] and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.” There’s a national election coming up in Australia. I don’t think they’ll have to force people to vote out these nincompoops that are enforcing these crazy dystopian thought laws. From what I’ve heard & read, Australia is going full DPRK. It will be interesting to watch as it evolves. Australia is a five-eyes nation if I’m not mistaken.

  2. I’m no expert, but something has to be done to curb internet crime. Special attention needs to be placed on child trafficing, which is actually slavery of our children. this MUST be stopped. Protection of the innocent is paramount.

  3. What a load of crap.

    A single, private business removed temp removed knives from shelves out of concern for the mental well-being of their employees in the wake of the attack.

    Why are you so incurious as to actual information?

    Not to mention in the video that knucklehead is clueless bout the NZ response to the delta outbreak.

    Be better. Be curious. Think Critically

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