Leon Spencer reports:
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis have said that the government will support all of the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Joint Committee looking into its proposed mandatory data-retention legislation, which was introduced into parliament by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in October last year.
In a joint statement published on Tuesday, Abbott and Brandis called on parliament to support the committee’s principle, and final, recommendation that the Bill be passed.
The legislation would require telecommunications companies to keep a set of customer metadata for a minimum of two years. This would include call records, assigned IP addresses, email addresses, SMS history, and other communications records that can be accessed by law enforcement.
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