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The government is sinking $153.8 million over four years into its data retention scheme.
The Internet Society of Australia has slammed a $131 million government funding package to help telcos implement the data retention regime. The funding falls short of estimated capital cost of establishing the regime, which will require telcos to retain a range of customer data for two years.
Telco industry organisation Communications Alliance says that a ruling by the Privacy Commissioner that will give a journalist access to so-called 'metadata' associated with his mobile phone service has "disturbing ramifications for the telecommunications sector and for its millions of customers throughout Australia".
An inquiry instigated after concerns were raised about the impact on the media of data retention legislation and law enforcement agencies’ access to journalists’ telecommunications data has formally been scrapped.
With the Senate passing the Federal Government’s data retention bill last week, there has been a great deal of discussion of “metadata”, what it is and whether the government ought to have access to it.
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