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Govt Agencies Given Access To Telecoms Details Of 820K Aussies

Govt Agencies Given Access To Telecoms Details Of 820K Aussies

The details were revealed under the Telecommunications Act. Some 584,029 customer records were handed over for the alleged purpose of enforcing criminal law, ACMA says in its annual report, tabled in Parliament this week.

Only in 171,926 cases was the information provided with the person’s knowledge or consent – meaning the other 648,000-odd cases were carried out in secrecy.

Some 7206 were for “enforcement of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty or protection of public revenue; 4195 were for locating missing persons; 1268 were to “assist ACMA”; 484 involved witnesses under summons; and 67 were for enforcing a foreign country’s criminal law.