Email By political correspondent Emma Griffiths Updated August 07, 2014 05:32:19 Sorry, this video has expired Video: Tony Abbott talks about new terrorism laws, data retention plan (ABC News) Related Story: What does the Government say about metadata? Related Story: AFP calls for more access to metadata to snare criminals Map: Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sought to allay concerns about the impact of new security laws on privacy.The Government announced yesterday that it would draft legislation to compel telephone and internet companies to keep metadata – information on customers’ calls and internet use – for security agencies to access.On Wednesday, Mr Abbott said authorities would be able to see what internet sites people were viewing.”It is not what you’re doing on the internet, it’s the sites you’re visiting,” he told Channel Nine.”It’s not the content, it’s just where you have been, so to speak.”But later Mr Abbott said the metadata to be collected would not include people’s browsing history.”We are not seeking content, we are seeking metadata,” he said.He used a metaphor to explain that “metadata is the material on the front of the envelope, and the contents of the letter will remain private”. What the Government says… Read full this story
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