Warranted and Warrantless Tracking in Australia by Law Enforcement Agencies: Mass Surveillance, PRISM and the NSA Scandal

Authors

John MorrissonABC Radio National
Katina MichaelUniversity of Wollongong

Abstract

A whistleblower has brought attention to the NSA's PRISM program which allows officials to collect material including search histories, contents of emails, file transfers and chats. A number of high profile companies are embroiled in the scandal including Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, AOL, Skype, YouTube who have come on board at differing times since 2008. All of the tech giants have refuted the allegations they were involved knowingly and provided this data to authorities without the knowledge of users. Google, it must be noted, publishes quarterly stats of interception requests from law enforcement but is it possible that the NSA directly obtained data from servers without the knowledge of the tech giants? Beyond PRISM, the upstream collection of data involved the collection of communications on fibre cables and infrastructure as "data flows past". Whole distinction between what is metadata, content, or telecommunications traffic has been lost in what seems to be a blatant breach of privacy in the name of national security.

Suggested Citation

John Morrisson and Katina Michael. "Warranted and Warrantless Tracking in Australia by Law Enforcement Agencies: Mass Surveillance, PRISM and the NSA Scandal" ABC Radio 97.3 on Statewide Drive Program Jun. 2013: 4.20 pm-4.33 pm.