Optus says that it would have struggled to comply with its legislative obligations without a decision by the government that exempted it from a requirement to encrypt all metadata collect as part of Australia’s data retention regime.
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- Dozens more government agencies accessing 'metadata'
More than 100 federal, state and local government agencies are known to be accessing so-called telecommunications ‘metadata’ despite not being among the list of enforcement agencies included in the data retention legislation.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) says that although it believes the “overall design” of the data retention regime is sound, it continues to face technological barriers to some of its investigations.
Telecommunications industry group Communications Alliance has revealed details of dozens of state and federal departments and agencies that it claims are accessing so-called communications ‘metadata’.
The European Court of Human Rights deemed the UK's state surveillance regime as unlawful in a landmark ruling, adding fuel to the fire in a fresh challenge to the government's latest snooping powers, enshrined in the Investigatory Powers Act of 2016.