Data retention has always been about a lot more than ‘national security’

Attorney-General George Brandis told us in ­November 2014 the data retention regime ­“applies only to the most ­serious crime, to terrorism, to international and transnational organised crime, to paedophilia, where the use of metadata has been particularly useful as an investigative tool, … only to crime and only to the highest levels of crime”. The […]

Data retention: universal warrant requirement is only effective protection

Last week’s revelation by the Australian Federal Police that they illegally accessed the retained telecommunications data (‘metadata’) of a journalist without first obtaining a warrant demonstrates the complete lack of effective protection provided by the current legislation. AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin asserted that ‘the police officers investigating the leak did not realise they were required […]

Government says NO to expanding data retention to civil cases

Just before Easter, the government announced that it will not be expanding access to telecommunications data (‘metadata’) to civil litigants. This is an important victory. Had the government allowed even a limited expansion of access, it would almost certainly have been just the first of a number of such expansions. It’s also heartening to see that, […]

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From today, 13th April 2017, all Australian telecommunication providers are now required to collect a whole range of your telecommunications data (‘metadata’) and retain it for two full years, so that it can be requested by government agencies. This data includes information about your phone usage (including texts and your location) and about your Internet […]

Help oppose the expansion of data retention to civil cases

The 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 […]

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