Defending your rights to privacy and security online
The Greens believe that the benefits of the internet can be available with personal privacy and civil rights intact, but only if we take control of the balance that is being struck between these freedoms and our obligations as citizens. While the Labor, Liberal and National parties pretend nothing is happening, the world is in uproar about the US National Security Agency using the PRISM backdoor program to conduct warrantless surveillance through the servers of companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
The Greens have been determined in demanding transparency about our government’s complicity in the collection of private emails, audio and video chats, photographs, documents, connection logs and location data. We’ve stressed the importance of balancing freedom and security online; otherwise we risk the compromise of both.
Get a Warrant
We believe the online and offline human rights of Australians are being compromised when safeguards and privacy protections are insufficient to prevent widespread warrantless surveillance. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies need a warrant to enter your home, and they should also need one to access your telecommunications data. That's why we have introduced the Get a Warrant bill into the parliament.
The Greens believe that a Fibre to the Home National Broadband Network will provide opportunities for productivity, innovation and global connection for Australians.
While the Labor, Liberal and National parties pretend nothing is happening, the world is in uproar about the US National Security Agency using the PRISM backdoor program to conduct warrantless surveillance through the servers of companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. For the Greens the NSA acronym stands for Never Stop Asking.
Opposing Internet Censorship
The Greens campaigned with a broad coalition of digital rights organisations and the business community against mandatory internet filtering as well as data retention.
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“This interception, copying, recording and disclosure of our private data amounts to real-time surveillance of the whole population. We are citizens, not suspects.”