Data Retention goes back to drawing board



The Parliamentary Committee examining the Government’s controversial national security reforms has recommended that the data retention segments of the reforms go through the committee process once again and criticised the Attorney-General’s Department for the cloak of secrecy it has hung around the issue.

In May last year the Federal Government unveiled a wide-reaching program to substantially reform its telecommunications interception and surveillance powers, with the aim of bolstering the ability of law enforcement organisations to fight crime. The package included a number of controversial measures, including a criminal offence for Australians refusing to decrypt data, new powers allocated to intelligence agency ASIO to hack the computers of innocent Australians in order to gain access to PCs owned by suspects in investigations, and a modernisation of the warrant scheme used to govern law enforcement access to telecommunications data.

However, by far the most controversial proposal contained in the reform program…

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