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Tuesday, October 13th

Australia’s new data retention scheme begins “Not everyone is ready to take part, but the digital privacy of all Australians will be subject from Tuesday to a new multi-million dollar data retention regime. As part of national security measures passed earlier this year, the Federal Government is compelling telecommunications companies and internet service providers to keep consistent and reliable data on their customers for two years. In a considerable expansion of an ad hoc system already in place, criminal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, such as ASIO and the AFP, will be able to quickly self-authorise access to data stored as part of the data retention regime … The government and intelligence and laws enforcement agencies deny a mass surveillance exercise is now in place.” (Also: The changes explained and Malcolm Turnbull’s excellent argument against data retention.)

Huffington Post