The organisation was commenting today on the federal government release of the report on Section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997, which is used to prevent the continuing operation of online services, including video piracy and financial fraud, in breach of Australian law.
CEO Laurie Patton reconfirmed the oragnisation wants no less than a one-year delay so that an independent organisation can be undertaken to see if there is a “real problem needing action”, and the extent of video piracy and its purported costs to the local industry.
“In the meantime we should introduce a national public awareness campaign to encourage people to access content via legitimate means.”
"The committee has clearly listened to organisations like Internet Australia and drawn on their expertise to deliver a report that recognises the serious flaws in the current legislation.
“Internet Australia supports the committee’s conclusion that those agencies that are authorised to use Section 313 should adopt improved oversight policies and ensure that decisions are made at an appropriately high level by people with the necessary technical expertise.
“We look forward to assisting the Government in framing the ‘whole of government’ guidelines, as proposed by the committee.”
Internet Australia is currently providing technical advice and assistance to the Attorney General’s department regarding the implementation of the Data Retention Act, and Patton says the organisation is ready to assist the Communications department with the Section 313 guidelines.