Surveillance and Intelligence-gathering

Jul 23, 2012

Q. The Government has recently proposed a number of amendments to the laws governing surveillance and intelligence-gathering. Do you support or oppose the following suggestions?

 

Total support

Total oppose

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Extend the power of government agencies to intercept communications from major to lesser offences

40%

37%

9%

31%

21%

16%

24%

Enable government agencies to intercept messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook

40%

46%

10%

30%

26%

20%

14%

Require internet service providers to keep a record of every customers’ internet usage for 2 years

28%

57%

7%

21%

26%

31%

14%

Making it an offence not to assist government agencies with decryption e.g. reveal your password

26%

60%

8%

18%

28%

32%

15%

Allowing ASIO agents to plant or destroy material on computers if they have a warrant

27%

52%

7%

20%

23%

29%

20%

A majority of respondents were opposed to making it an offence not to assist government agencies with decryption e.g. reveal your password (60%), requiring internet service providers to keep a record of every customers’ internet usage for 2 years (57%) and allowing ASIO agents to plant or destroy material on computers if they have a warrant (52%).

They were more evenly divided over enabling government agencies to intercept messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook (40% support/46% oppose) and extending the power of government agencies to intercept communications from major to lesser offences (40% support/37% oppose).

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