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Auntie Ashleigh is a fairly private kinda lady, but is she worried about the data retention laws and her privacy? Check out her response to a concerned letter from Arty B.
I’m really worried about the data retention laws that have been passed. What does it mean for us really – it’s hard to know with all the BS about it floating around? Any ideas? I don’t think I’m that dodgy, but maybe I am without knowing it? Is this the beginning of a police state? I thought that was a communist kind of thing, but aren’t these put through by Tony Abbott and the conservatives?
Hi Arty B,
Thanks for sharing.
To be honest, when I first read your question I hadn’t the foggiest idea what you were talking about! I have a big problem with “data retention”, you know. At my age, with so many grand kids and great-grand kids it’s very difficult to remember all of their birthdays. I’d vote for any politician wanting to help people like me remember things, even if it is that horrid Abbott fellow!
(I’ve always been a one-issue voter and I’m not going to start apologising now!)
Then I put “data retention laws” into my google. Imagine my surprise when it told me that the laws have nothing to do with memory loss at all. They’re about the government having your telephone and internet information! I was worried. I didn’t want the government seeing the things that come up on my computer when I’m on the line! And the things my many gentleman admirers say on the telephone — well let’s just say they’re enough to make even a sailor blush!
(You can’t be too careful, you know. My great-grandson once suggested I watch a video of two girls making cupcakes, but when I put that into my google, the most horrible video came up in my you tubes! I couldn’t sleep for a week! He still thinks it’s funny for some reason.)
When I looked even closer at what my google was saying, though, I realised that the actual email letters and internet pages aren’t included in the law. They only want to know a few things if they think they need it to investigate serious crimes. What a relief!
I thought they did that anyway. You know, a few years back I was questioned by the government about one of my gentleman admirers. They knew precisely when he telephoned me how long we spoke for and they had all the love letters he put on my computer!
(It was a bit embarrassing but it turns out he stole thousands from others he’d been wooing! I’d have knocked him on his backside if I’d seen him again! Lucky for him, he’s tucked away safely in jail.)
Now, I know a lot of people are worried about “privacy”, but in my day you didn’t go about telling the whole world your problems and you expected secrets to remain secrets. Nowadays everyone’s video taping every second of their lives to put on the line and “privacy” means that only half the world sees the silly nudie-rudie photos you take with your selfie stickies! We said toodle-oo to real privacy a long time ago!
Arty, from what I can tell, nothing’s really changed. This law just wants to make sure companies keep information for longer. The government won’t find out about the hanky-panky videos you like to watch and the nudie-rudie pictures you send to your friends.
That’s what they say anyway and I’ve never heard of a politician lying before.