Facebook’s newly announced social contract with Australia’s Australian Federal Police is being called the “most significant document to be produced in the history of the Australian federal police.”
The contract gives Facebook the ability to issue orders to its users, according to The Australian Financial Review.
The Australian Government has said it has agreed to the contract, which is being reviewed by the Prime Minister’s department, after being offered by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The deal will give Facebook unprecedented power over what Australians can and cannot do on the social network.
The contract outlines the way the Australian Federal police can use the data Facebook collects about people, their friends and their activities on the platform.
What does this mean for you?
For the first time in Australian law, the government can compel Facebook to hand over data that is already in the public domain.
Facebook will be able to use this data to identify and disrupt individuals.
How does it work?
The data is only stored in a “specialised” data repository known as the “Facebook Platform”.
It’s not made public.
The Facebook Platform is stored in an undisclosed location in the US, where it can be accessed by a number of governments, including the Australian Department of Defence, the Federal Government and the Department of Health.
In exchange for the use of this data, Facebook must give the Australian government access to any information it holds about Australians.
If the data is stored by a government, it must give it to the Australian Government within 30 days.
How is this data used?
The Australian government is not required to make any specific requests for data from Facebook, but it can use it to investigate and prosecute individuals.
This information is used to monitor and investigate potential breaches of the law, such as the publication of child pornography.
It is also used to combat terrorism.
What can you do if you think you’ve been misused?
If you think your data has been mismanaged or abused, contact the Federal Attorney General’s Office, which can refer you to a lawyer.
What do other countries have to worry about?
Australia has had some form of online censorship for decades.
This means Facebook’s deal is not an entirely new one.
In the UK, the UK’s Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) was passed in 2014.
It gives the government power to intercept communications and demand data.
The UK’s data retention regime was introduced in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, when it became clear that Facebook was actively monitoring users.
The legislation was criticised as too broad and did not apply to non-commercial organisations.
This is likely to be the same in Australia, as Facebook is not subject to a legal obligation to hand data over.
The laws of Australia are very strict and could have a chilling effect on online speech.
For example, it is not illegal to publish a “false, misleading or defamatory statement” on Facebook.
This could lead to the social media giant being forced to remove content.
What is the government’s response?
In a statement, Facebook said it would continue to defend the rights of Australians.
“We stand by the principles we have always espoused in the fight against hate speech and to protect the freedom of expression and privacy online,” the statement said.
But in a statement to the Financial Review, Facebook reiterated its commitment to users’ privacy and insisted it does not share any personal information with third parties.
The company also said it was “not responsible” for any personal data it collects from users.
Facebook says it is still committed to “promoting equality, fairness and inclusion” and it has “no plans to change our policies.”
What happens next?
Facebook’s Australian operation has yet to be formally launched.
But, as of now, the company says it plans to open an office in Sydney’s CBD.
The Government has yet another task on its hands.
It must approve a new $2.5 billion contract with Facebook to run its national security division.
Facebook also has another task ahead of it: reforming the way its business is run.
Facebook is the most prominent company in Australia to have signed up to a government contract, but the deal is still in the early stages.
Facebook CEO Facebook’s executive board members, including CEO Mark Zuck, will have to vote on the deal once it has gone through the vetting process.
But this is expected to be a relatively simple process.
Under the Australian Digital Agenda, Facebook’s contract with governments will only be able be voted on by the board of directors, rather than the company’s shareholders.
This will mean Facebook will have the backing of the Government, but not its shareholders.
The board will be allowed to vote, but only on issues of importance to them.
What are some of the issues the board will have a say on?
The board has a majority voting power, meaning it will be the ones who decide what kind of reforms Facebook can introduce.
In addition to deciding how much Facebook can spend