The Australian government “has introduced a bill to make it mandatory for telecommunications companies to store customer information for two years,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The plan to store and share meta-data between government agencies about people’s online activities has some mental health organizations worried about the tracking of people’s use of online mental health services.
“While it will not track the content of calls or emails, or website addresses, it could be used to track the sender, time and location of electronic communications, such as those from an online mental health site,” reports the Herald.
“I can’t see a way that feeling safe and having privacy on the internet is compatible with knowing (that) data about you is being systematically logged,” a National Institute for Mental Health Research expert told the Herald.
Australians may forgo online mental health help under new metadata laws (Sydney Morning Herald, December 27, 2014)