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Data retention

Metadata retention debate


Responsible data re-use framework

This framework document seeks to inform decision-makers on how best to re-use data to solve public problems, such as tackling COVID-19. This framework seeks to inform if, when and how the re-use of personal data can be aligned with people’s expectations and societal values.

Review of the mandatory data retention regime

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is required by Part 5-1A of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act) to undertake a review of the mandatory data retention regime (MDRR). This report outlines the findings from the 2020 inquiry.

Bulk collection: broken democracy? Journalism and post-Snowden legislation - Comparative study: Australia and the United Kingdom

What is the impact of state surveillance on journalism? This paper by Lisa Main, a journalist for ABC, and a member of their investigative unit, aims to contribute to the debate. The mandatory bulk collection of data by governments presents liberal democracies with a dilemma...

Data availability and use: issues paper

This paper was released on 18 April 2016 to assist participants in preparing a submission to the public inquiry into Data Availability and Use. It outlines a range of issues about which the Commission is seeking information. Initial submissions are due by Friday 29 July...

Mandatory internet data retention in Australia – looking the horse in the mouth after it has bolted

The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 30 October 2014. The Bill immediately engendered criticism and controversy that continued through its passage through Parliamentary Committees and debates. Notwithstanding those criticisms and a number of critical...
Discussion paper

Online privacy and data retention controversy in Australia

Australian government recently passed a bill on a new data retention plan that obliges telecommunications providers to keep customers' communications metadata for two years in order to provide national law enforcement and security agencies with resources necessary for fighting cyber crime. In this white paper...

Scott Ludlam is helping Australians to hide their metadata

The Senate could pass the Government's controversial new meta data laws as early as tonight - but not before the Greens attempt to move more than a dozen amendments to try and beef up privacy safeguards. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has provided a list of...

Malcolm Turnbull on metadata and media reform

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins RN Breakfast to discuss the Government's controversial metadata laws and putting media reform back on the political agenda. Guests Malcolm Turnbull, Communications Minister Credits Producer: Alison Carabine

Comprehensive revision of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979

This inquiry, coinciding with the inquiry into mandatory data retention, examined the need for comprehensive reform of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 in light of changes in technology as well as privacy concerns.

European data retention schemes wound back

The Abbott Government says its proposed metadata retention laws are critical to fighting crime and terrorism. But similar schemes in Europe have been wound back following legal challenges. This week the District Court of The Hague scrapped the Netherlands’ data retention law, finding that it...

Advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014

This report recommends the Federal Government introduce a data retention scheme, but also recommends several changes to the proposed legislation.

Report of the inquiry into potential reforms of Australia’s national security legislation

This report presents the results of an inquiry into several proposed changes to Australia's national security legislation, including the potential introduction of a mandatory data retention scheme.

Telecommunications data retention - an overview

This background note outlines the types of communications data generated by use of the Internet, email and phones, why law enforcement agencies want it retained, and what existing access law enforcement agencies have to such data. The Government’s interest in establishing a data retention scheme...
Discussion paper

Equipping Australia against emerging and evolving threats

This discussion paper contains a package of proposals for telecommunications interception reform, telecommunications sector security reform and Australian intelligence community legislation reform.