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AG Won’t Yet Weigh In on Mandatory Data Retention

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

August 22, 2013

The Office of Australian Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has decided against making an election commitment for or against mandatory data retention, ZDNet reports. Earlier this year, a parliamentary inquiry looked at a proposal to require Australian telcos to retain metadata for up to two years, a proposal that law enforcement supports but the public has widely rejected. A committee decided government should make the decision whether to implement such a scheme, but a spokesperson for Dreyfus has said “it would not be appropriate to rush our response,” adding that government access to telecommunications data is essential for national security and law enforcement.
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