in brief The Senate has agreed to conduct an inquiry into online privacy in Australia, following recent concerns over privacy breaches and the Commonwealth proposal to get internet service providers (ISPs) to retain and store their subscriber's online activities.
Greens Party Senator Scott Ludlam pushed for the inquiry in the Senate today. The request was agreed to this afternoon.
"Recent events have proven that Australians face a multitude of challenges in protecting their privacy online: whether it be social networking sites and search engines harvesting personal data to sell to advertisers, or government agencies snooping for their own obscure purposes," Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said in a statement.
The inquiry will examine online privacy protection and data collection on social networking sites, as well as the data collection activities of private companies and government agencies. "It is time the Parliament took a proper look at the degree to which the privacy of Australians online is being eroded by governments and corporations alike," Ludlam said.