Anonymous may help, not hinder, data retention laws

“[Anonymous] risk government using their effort as evidence of why the government’s laws need to be introduced. They’re walking a very fine line between trying to argue a particular point, but having that turned back on them by skillful politicians,” [Dr Mark] Gregory [RMIT University senior lecturer at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering] said. “Anonymous would be much more successful at achieving their aims if they identified insecure systems, like the AAPT’s systems, and either notified the company or made it public that their system was insecure, without going ahead and actually stealing the data,” he said. “They could be good community citizens and argue a point, without going as far as breaking the law.