An anonymous reader writes: In a document produced by network equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent on the security of Australia's broadband network, the NBN, it considers the security-based responsibilities of Government including managing information sensitive to national security; managing personal information on nearly every resident in Australia and; Supporting Law Enforcement agencies.
The document then goes on to outline the convenience of the NBN in providing interception on behalf of network service providers (NSPs):
“NBN will also have an opportunity to provide universal standard lawful interception capabilities on behalf on NSPs (who would otherwise be obliged to each develop and deploy a solution). This will lower the barriers of entry for NSPs, and in turn, this should result in lower costs to the consumer. This might be some way off but with NBN it becomes a real possibility and even likelihood.”
In the light of Prism, do these networks provide a centralised and systematic means for surveillance both by government security agencies, but also potential enemies?