Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has accused activist group GetUp of making false claims about the government’s review of national security legislation.
In a video on YouTube, Ms Roxon said the government had not yet finalised any proposed changes.
Parliament’s intelligence and security committee, which is considering possible changes, is not due to report back until later in the year.
Ms Roxon said GetUp had made a number of claims including that internet service providers have to store every message sent, every website visited, every conversation and every product purchased for two years.
“This is simply not true,” she said.
GetUp had also claimed that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) would be able to demand passwords to access a computer or Facebook on threat of being sent to jail.
“Again, that’s totally false. There is no proposal that people give up passwords,” Ms Roxon said.