The Australian Labor Party has come under fire from within for its support of data retention, as a NSW Labor member calls for a review of the laws amid concerns of "mass surveillance."
As Australia faces a future with mandatory data retention laws, the UK High Court has ruled that Britain's DRIPA data retention scheme is "inconsistent" with European law.
Tech's elder statesmen Steve Wozniak says Australia is following the "twisted" path of the United States, enacting an "unethical" data retention scheme that intrudes on a person's right to privacy.
The Federal Government has been slammed for quietly expanding access to stored metadata in what opponents call the first example of "scope creep" in data retention laws.
The former NSA contractor who lifted the lid on mass surveillance in the US has a message for Australians living with new data retention laws: "You are being watched."
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.