Last week Wikileaks Party National Council members and Telstra customers John Shipton and Kellie Tranter wrote to the Australian Privacy Commissioner about a secret agreement a decade ago with US Government agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Justice that provided American law enforcement with access to data on customer traffic passing in and out of the US. Here’s the full text of the letter:
16 July 2013
Mr Tim Pilgrim
Australian Information Commissioner
GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001
Dear Mr Pilgrim
We are making a compliant pursuant to section 36 of the Privacy Act 1988. The complaint concerns the conduct of Telstra in storing and delivering to United States security agencies data concerning its customers’ communications with that country. We are writing as customers of Telstra. We are also members of the National Council of the Wikileaks Party which has a strong interest in this issue.
Reports in the media last Friday indicated that Telstra entered into an agreement in late 2001 with the US FBI. We are concerned that Telstra has breached the Privacy Act in disclosing without any knowledge or authorisation on our part, data about communications of the United States since that date.
At no time since we have been customers of Telstra has that organisation ever brought to our attention that it has entered into this agreement, and perhaps others since, which enable it to forward data pertaining to us to overseas security agencies. This lack of candour on the part of Telstra is deeply troubling and many millions of Australians would be in the same position as us.
We are happy to speak with one of your officers about the issue, and look forward to assisting you in your investigation.
Read more at Delimiter: WikiLeaks Party demands investigation into Telstra’s secret FBI deal