In FY17 Telstra received more warrants for telecommunications interception or access to stored communications compared to the prior year. However, the telco has revealed it received fewer requests for warrant-free access to customer information — often dubbed telecommunications ‘metadata’.
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Drug-related investigations are by far the most common reason for law-enforcement organisations to access information covered by Australia’s data retention regime.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman has been unable to confirm whether the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs – now integrated into the Australian Border Force) met its legal obligations when exercising powers given to it under telecommunications interception and access legislation.
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is mulling an audit of the government’s Data Retention Industry Grants Program.
A blanket ban on the use in lawsuits of data kept to comply with data retention obligations puts telecommunications providers in a difficult position, Telstra has argued.
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