Gov’t Telecomm Inquiry Begins, Committee Seeks Public Opinion
DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIAJuly 10, 2012
Following up on Attorney General (AG) Nicola Roxon’s request for a review of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security has launched its investigation, reports ZDNet. The AG’s department published a discussion paper outlining the proposals put to the committee, which is currently seeking public opinion on data retention and whether the law should be amended to require telecommunication companies to hold certain consumer data for two years. “As Australia’s telecommunications landscape continues to evolve, it is appropriate and timely to consider how best to manage risks to the data carried and stored on our telecommunications infrastructure to secure its availability and integrity in the long term,” said the department.