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Tuesday, 12th February 2013

Australia: Telecommunications data retention—an overview

Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia

From the Introduction:

In July 2012 the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department released a Discussion Paper, Equipping Australia against emerging and evolving threats, on the proposed national security reforms. Chapter One outlines the terms of reference for an inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) into the ‘potential reforms of National Security Legislation’, namely the:

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 Telecommunications Act 1997 Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979, and the Intelligence Services Act 2001.

The Attorney-General has grouped the proposals into three categories—those the Government wishes to progress, those the Government is considering, and those on which the Government is expressly seeking the views of the Committee. Of the eighteen primary proposals and the forty-one individual reforms that they comprise, the suggestion that carriage service providers (CSPs) be required to routinely retain certain information associated with every Australian’s use of the Internet and phone services for a period of up to two years (‘data retention’) is the issue that seems to have attracted the most attention.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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