The Australian government is pushing to implement a "surveillance tax" on the people of the country in order to pay for a mandate that would see communications companies retaining data on customers for two years.
In a disturbing development that should serve as a warning to Americans, the Australian Attorney-General admitted that the surveillance system is "under active consideration by the government".
The Age reports that communications companies believe the compulsory scheme will cost between $500 million to $700 million a year, a cost that will be passed on to the people.
"We're concerned about the lack of oversight on how this scheme might operate and there are also significant privacy concerns," said Teresa Corbin, CEO of Australian Consumer Communications Action Network.
Other telco officials estimate that the "surveillance tax" will mean a rise in costs of $5 to $10 extra a month.