Edward Snowden says Australia’s new data retention laws are ‘dangerous’

Edward Snowden.
Edward Snowden says data retention laws ‘have been proven not to work’. Photograph: The Guardian

Whistleblower says mass surveillance did not stop the Sydney siege, the Boston marathon bombings or the Charlie Hebdo magazine attack in Paris.

Edward Snowden has called Australia’s new data retention laws “dangerous” and insisted mass surveillance has allowed acts of terror to occur rather than foiled attacks.

Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the extent of surveillance conducted by the US National Security Agency, told a Melbourne audience Australia is adopting data retention laws that “have been proven not to work”.



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