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.