Data Retention Law Still Possible
PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIAAugust 12, 2011
The attorney-general's department says the federal government is still considering introducing a data retention regime, IT News reports. A spokeswoman said the department is committed to an "open and transparent consultation" once a proposal has been developed. Until now, Australia has used the European Union's Data Retention Directive as a model for its potential plan, which allows law authorities to access telephone and Internet activity dated two years back, though that model is now being reviewed. "Australia can learn from this review, and its recommendations will be taken into consideration when assessing the applicability of a regime based on the EU Data Retention Directive to the Australian context," the spokeswoman said.