Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Data retention

Ben Grubb when writing for ZDnet broke the story of the AGs Department's plans for wide ranging data retention requirements on telcos, that at one stage seemed to require all data be kept for 2 years or more.

The Government today announced that it was introducing the Cybecrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 to enable Australia’s accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

This includes the provision for data retention, but it is now based on requiring data to be retained only once a notice is issued that specifies an individual or a service.

That looks like a good compromise. The carriers and service providers are not being required to keep data beyond what is required for operational purposes, and hence preserving privacy, but enabling enforcement agencies to specify something be retained for subsequent warrant.

I'll be interested in seeing general reaction.

Novae Meridianae Demetae Dexter delenda est

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