metadataThe Attorney-General's Department is considering expanding access to 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
  • 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 27th January.

See our guidance for help in writing your own submission.


And, sign our petition!


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

Please support our work with a one-off donation or a recurring donation.


  1. Australian Privacy Foundation - Data Retention – Access in Civil Proceedings, Submission to Dept of Communications (13 Jan 2017)

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