Telcos may soon be forced to retain metadata thanks to reforms pushed through by the Government's National Security Committee.
The Australian government has said that it will not move forward with plans for a mandatory data retention scheme.
A key Republican politician alarmed lobbyists trying to update a 1986 electronic privacy law by suggesting a data retention requirement should be attached. Then his aides said he misspoke.
The parliament is considering new counter-terrorism legislation that would extend law enforcement powers for data retention and allow police to search premises without presenting a warrant.
Vodafone has told a Senate Committee hearing on data retention that it is currently working on scheme to match an "IP identifier" to individual customers' browsing history.
A leaked document from the Attorney-General's Department has clarified the mandatory data retention debate, outlining the nature of 'metadata'.
Australia's security chief is "not quite sure" why data retention is an issue, while the former head of the CIA says "we kill people based on metadata". So what is the truth behind data retention, and why does it matter?
Despite a strong year for the ISP, iiNet's CEO has said he is "furious" about the slow rollout of the NBN in Australia, and "frustrated" by proposed data retention policies.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stepped in to clarify the debate around data retention, denying that browsing history would be recorded.
The Attorney General has struggled to define metadata and the parameters of a data retention scheme, saying web addresses would be caught in the net.