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Old 03-26-2015, 04:04 PM   #1
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Australian Data Retention Laws pass

Contentious data retention laws have passed [Australian] Federal Parliament, with both major parties voting for the legislation in the Senate.
The laws will force telecommunications providers to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies to access the records.
The Coalition and Labor have argued the laws were necessary to help authorities in counter-terrorism and serious crime investigations.
The Greens argued strongly against the law, saying it would entrench "passive, mass surveillance".

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014:

Require telecommunications companies to retain customer's phone and computer metadata for 2 years
Define which types of data must be retained, such as phone numbers, length of phone calls, email addresses and the time a message was sent, but not the content of phone calls or emails and explicitly exclude internet browsing
Detail which agencies are able to access the data
Give security agencies access to the data when they can make a case that it is "reasonably necessary" to an investigation
Still require security agencies to obtain a warrant before accessing the actual content of messages or conversations
Introduce an independent oversight mechanism, allowing the Commonwealth Ombudsman access to agency records, in a bid to boost privacy protections
Give the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security oversight of the use of metadata by the AFP and ASIO
The Government is negotiating with telcos about who will pay for the new system.

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Hmm, well the bill was proposed in 2014 and has now passed the senate into law, in 2015.
Lets see; 2015+1984=3,999

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