New national security laws for telcos

Australia’s House of Representatives today passed legislation allowing the federal government to suspend carriage (or telecommunications) services when it believes they are prejudicial to national security.

This follows last month’s approval of the legislation by the Senate, which made a number of amendments to the legislation.

The aim of the new legislation is to make it obligatory for telecommunications carriers, carriage service providers, and their intermediaries, such as internet service providers, to do their best to protect their networks and facilities from unauthorised access and interference.

Under the Telecommunications Act 1997, there are two types of persons or organisations that can provide carriage services to the public: carriers and carriage service providers.


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Writing on matters of Australian national security since 2016. Poetry.