The metadata of Australians is proposed to be stored by telecommunication companies and internet service providers for two years, under new legislation introduced to Parliament by the Australian government.
On Thursday morning, mandatory data-retention legislation, outlined in the Telecommunications Amendment Bill, was introduced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the House of Representatives.
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“Modern communications technologies have revolutionised the ability of people to communicate, collaborate and express themselves,” Turnbull told Parliament. “Sadly, however, these same technologies are routinely misused and exploited by serious criminals and people engaged in activities prejudicial to security as a core part of their modus operandi.” Read more