Australians may forgo online mental health help under new metadata laws

Ben Westcott reports:

Innovative Australian online mental health providers could be deserted by clients under the government’s controversial new metadata laws.

One of the developers of a widely used Canberra-based online mental health program said the new policy would affect the site’s ability to provide anonymity and freedom from stigma.

But the Attorney-General’s Department said the government was limiting metadata access to agencies with a clear operational or investigative need.

The Abbott government has introduced a bill to make it mandatory for telecommunications companies to store customer information for two years.

Read more on Sydney Morning Herald.

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