Senator Steele-John said, during the previous sitting fortnight of Parliament, he had called on tech giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to speak out against the proposed legislation.
He said he was thrilled that a group known as the Digital Industry Group, which represents big technology firms, made a submission on Monday night which opposed the proposed legislation, "reflecting the Australian Greens long-standing position on protecting online privacy".
“Creating technology vulnerabilities to expand the surveillance overreach of the Five Eyes network will ultimately leave all of us more vulnerable to criminal activity. Given some of the biggest data breaches over the last few years have come from government agencies, I’m not left feeling any safer by the prospect of this legislation."
A number of groups have spoken out about the legislation, pointing out that adopting it would be a mistake.
“Frankly, this government has proven time and again they are not capable of keeping our data secure so why on earth would I trust them to build — let’s call it for what it is, a backdoor — into the one mechanism that Australians trust to keep them safe online?" Senator Steele-John said.
“This is massive government overreach and something we should all be extremely concerned about. It makes a mockery of our right to privacy, leaves us more vulnerable to cyber espionage and permanently weakens existing protections we all rely on to stay safe and secure online.”