Bring AFP 'to heel' or forget US security agreement

"Stanford University academic Riana Pfefferkorn said "unprecedented" police raids on the press had made it harder for Australia to assure security allies that it adequately protected civil liberties.

This could be a problem because US legislation governing bilateral data-sharing agreements – the CLOUD Act – required partners to have in place "robust protections for privacy and civil liberties".

"If Parliament wants a CLOUD Act agreement with the United States, it would do well to bring the Australian Federal Police to heel and re-evaluate its national security legislation framework," Ms Pfefferkorn said."