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'
- Data retention: Government gave Optus ‘exemption’ from encrypting 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 Department of Home Affairs has acknowledged that, according to advice it has received from industry, the way the so-called ‘encryption’ legislation is perceived has “had a material impact on the Australian market and the ability for Australian companies to compete globally”.
Home Affairs is seeking to rationalise its unified communications platforms as part of a broader strategy to streamline technology at the mega-department.
Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton has said that he doesn’t support an expansion of the Australian Signals Directorate’s mandate to include “spying” within Australia, but has called for a “sensible discussion” of a domestic role for the ASD.