Foreign Spy Agencies Want Your Texts

A new amendment has been introduced in parliament looking to allow for the easier sharing of communications data between Australia’s law enforcement and spy agencies and foreign governments. It comes in response to calls that spy agencies are being left behind without timely access to messaging apps with cloud servers in foreign jurisdictions.

It would also allow for Australia’s nominated spy and law enforcement agencies to request access for message and phone call data from citizens living in overseas jurisdictions.