case-law-677940_960_720Yesterday the Attorney-General's Department announced that they are seeking input in relation to expanding the scope of the mandatory data retention scheme to include civil cases.

This could mean that retained data is made available for a range of civil matters including:

  • copyright infringement cases
  • family law cases
  • employment-related cases

We'll be vigorously resisting any such expansion in this scheme and instead will be pushing for a comprehensive review of this deeply-flawed scheme in 2017.

We encourage you to add your voice to this opposition by making a submission to the inquiry.

Submissions are due on the 13th 27th January.

See our guidance for help in writing your own submission.

With your support, we can fight this unwarranted scope creep that has the potential to greatly increase the privacy threats inherent in this scheme.

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  1. This is a massive invasion of privacy. Something serched years ago by someone who you once trusted to use your computer should not be able to be used as evidence in any shape or form. It is possible for a plan of separation and planting searches of child pornography may assist in no access to your children. Investigators of legal matters are getting lazy, and are trying to find easy ways to prove an argument rather than find the truth.

    Comment by Ray Carnovale on 21 December 2016 at 19:11
  2. Please supply a template letter for responses.

    Comment by Anon on 22 December 2016 at 21:45
  3. Still working on submission guidance?

    Comment by Brad on 5 January 2017 at 20:14
  4. Yes. Will be published no later than Monday. Submission deadline is now 27th January...

    Comment by Jon Lawrence on 5 January 2017 at 20:26
  5. Do you have the template for submission ready?

    Comment by Dave on 10 January 2017 at 10:45
  6. Very nearly - just finalising the last bits now. Stay tuned...

    Comment by Jon Lawrence on 10 January 2017 at 11:38
  7. Why do you think democratic countries laugh at Australia now?

    Because this is not a lucky country if hidden commercial interests lobby this too.

    Comment by Margaret Lord on 13 January 2017 at 16:30
  8. WHAT is happening to Australia, when greedy, lazy business interests and powers to be blind, bluff and badly influence law makers (who themselves might be involved)…

    You see sharing this for "open" discussion whilst almost everyone was on Holidays

    And, a breathtaking breakdown of who we are as private individuals is eroded for their own gains.

    Is it evil versus evil, then ? Or, a folly of horror?

    So, take your deep stand.

    While you can for your future.

    Comment by Eingel Q. Stewart on 13 January 2017 at 17:08