Telecommunications and internet service providers will now be required to store their customers' metadata for at least two years under laws that passed the Australian parliament with little opposition.
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Malcolm Turnbull has thanked the Opposition for helping pass data retention laws, which now include further protections for journalists. But cross-bench MPs say the Bill was amended in "back-room" negotiations.
As data retention looks set to pass parliament within weeks, the telecommunications industry has united to make a "simple and reasonable" request for the Government to release costs for the regime.
The Government and Attorney-General George Brandis have welcomed bipartisan recommendations on proposed data retention laws meaning that, with some amendments, the bill looks likely to pass.
A parliamentary joint committee has handed down its report on proposed data retention laws, recommending that parliament pass the legislation, but advising that further safeguards are needed.
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Paying $400 million to implement a data retention scheme is worth it, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has warned that law enforcement faces "unilateral disarmament" without metadata access.
The Leader of the Opposition has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to raise concerns about proposed metadata laws and to protest Government attempts to "politicise" data retention.
While the Government wants Australian telcos and ISPs to store metadata, Senator Scott Ludlam has pointed out the vast array of common services Australians could use to skirt around data retention laws.