Netizen Report: Austrian parliament proposes new state surveillance regime.

Netizen Report: Austrian Parliament Proposes New State Surveillance Regime

Netizen Report: Austrian Parliament Proposes New State Surveillance Regime

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Sept. 17 2015 11:25 AM

Netizen Report: Austrian Parliament Proposes New State Surveillance Regime

The Austrian Parliament Building is pictured in Vienna, Feb. 3, 2015.

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The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. It originally appears each week on Global Voices Advocacy. Juan Arellano, Mary Aviles, Ellery Roberts Biddle, Sam Kellogg, Hae-in Lim, and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report.

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In mid-October the Austrian parliament will vote on the controversial “Staatsschutzgesetz,” or State Protection Act, which would establish 10 new surveillance agencies (one federal, nine provincial) and grant them far-reaching powers to monitor citizens with little judicial oversight. The law dictates that all data collected through the program must be kept for a minimum of five years in a central database. The law also explicitly encourages cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies. The legislation was drafted following terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier this year, and is attracting vehement criticism from many Austrian institutions as well as the public. An online petition against the Staatsschutzgesetz, organized by Austrian privacy group AK Vorrat, has already garnered more than 12,000 signatures.


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