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Reporting surveillance

Report telephone difficulties to your telephone company. Ask for a check on the lines to assure that the equipment is working properly. Ask them to do a sweep/check to see if any wiretap equipment is attached. (Sometimes repair staff can be very helpful in this way.) If you can afford it, request a sweep of your phone and office or home from a private security firm. Remember this will only be good at the time that the sweep is done.

File a formal complaint with Australia Post, specifying the problems you have been experiencing, specific dates, and other details. If mail has failed to arrive, ask the Post Office to trace the envelope or package.

Request a formal inquiry by the police, if you have been the subject of surveillance or infiltration. Describe any offending actions by police officers and ask a variety of questions. If an activity was photographed, ask what will be done with the pictures. Set a time when you expect a reply from the police commissioner. Inform your local member of parliament and the media of your request.

If you are not pleased with the results of the police reply, file a complaint with the Police Ombudsman. See Complaints against the police section.

Demand a full investigation. Work with investigators to insure that all witnesses are contacted. Monitor the investigation and respond publicly to the conclusions.

Initiate a lawsuit

You should consider getting legal advice about the potential to bring civil proceedings. Before embarking on a lawsuit, remember that most suits take many years to complete and require a tremendous amount of organisation and legal workers' energy and money.

Always notify the media

Keep interested reporters updated on any new developments. They may be aware of other police abuses, or be able to obtain further evidence of police practices.

Media coverage of spying activities is very important, because publicity conscious politicians and police commissioners will be held accountable for questionable practices.

This section has been adapted to the Australian context from an article by Linda Lotz of the American Friends Service Committee.