Newly Revealed Documents Show Government Split
DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIAMarch 28, 2013
The federal government’s proposed data retention policy continues to bring debate, as newly released documents reveal disagreement among government agencies, reports Australian Financial Review. While telecommunications companies maintain the proposal would be extremely costly, the ASIO and federal police say a long-term data retention policy is necessary to conduct investigations. However, documents reveal the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy only supported a six-month retention of data and that information necessary for business purposes. According to a spokesman for Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, all options remain on the table pending the joint committee’s findings, the report states.