(AustraliaMatters) Today, Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam will ask the Senate to force the Australian Government to come clean on what it knows about the controversial video-surveillance system TrapWire and its use locally.
The senator has filed a notice of motion, which will, if passed, require the government to acknowledge the system’s existence, and answer three questions relating to it.
“We call on the government to confirm whether the TrapWire system is deployed anywhere in Australia; if Australian agencies have used information provided by foreign agencies using TrapWire; and if the government has held discussions about acquiring TrapWire for use here,” he said in a statement.
The existence and alleged use of the system in parts of the UK, Canada and the US were revealed in private internal emails between Stratfor staff members, which were published by WikiLeaks over the weekend.
The system is “reputed to include the ability to centralise and aggregate data from public surveillance cameras and share information across networks”, Ludlam said. Private companies, including Google and Salesforce, have also allegedly been approached by Stratfor to use TrapWire during Stratfor’s promotion of the system.