Most Aussies disapprove of Government snooping

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More than three quarters of Australians do not approve of the Government accessing phone and !nternet records without a warrant.

Essential Research has run a question in its weekly poll which finds that 80% of Australians disapprove. The numbers are a little different by political persuasion, but even 71% of avowed Coalition voters disapprove of the practice, which revelations from NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden show are widespread in the US.

The survey was conducted online from 14 to 17 February 2014 and is based on 1,017 respondents. Essential Research runs polls regularly on a number of subjects, which are published in online newsletter Crikey.

 

TOTAL

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Approve

16%

10%

24%

11%

19%

Disapprove

80%

88%

71%

85%

80%

Don’t know

4%

3%

6%

3%

1%

 

Jon Lawrence, executive officer of online rights group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), said: “The numbers confirm that Australians are very uncomfortable with untargeted surveillance.

“The Government should urgently restrict the ability of any Australian or foreign agency to access metadata from telcos and ISPs. Access should be by warrant only, and only be used in the case of terrorism or serous crimes.

Source: itwire

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