Australians are now sharing more personal information online with friends, family and the broader community. This paper presents the Government's response to the potential safety and security issues raised by this development.
This the Australian Government's official response to the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of Cyber Crime.
The Committee’s report makes clear that cyber space is an increasingly challenging policy area for government. The internet is now an integral part of Australians’ everyday lives. Business and banking are increasingly being conducted online. The digital economy is essential to Australia’s productivity, global competitive standing and improved social well-being. With the massive uptake of social networking in recent years, Australians are now sharing more personal information online with friends, family and the broader community. The breadth of issues considered by the Committee demonstrates the challenges posed by the central role of the internet and information and communication technology in Australians’ everyday lives. While the internet offers many benefits, there are also a range of safety and security risks associated with its use. It is imperative that governments, industry and individuals take action to mitigate these risks.