The National Interception Technical Assistance Centre (NITAC) has been created to help the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) deal with the technological and legal problems of wiretapping and online communications, reports ZDNet. ASIO said during the two-year pilot program, NITAC will advise agencies and identify future requirements for all telecommunications interceptions. The report notes a similar UK program that intercepted and decrypted electronic data and says if NITAC mirrors the UK program, it could play a role in the government's data retention proposal currently being considered by the Attorney General's Office.
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