Aug 272014
 August 27, 2014  Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Online

Ben Grubb reports:

It’s the secret industry consultation paper the federal government didn’t want you to see.

Produced by the Attorney-General’s Department and distributed to telecommunications industry members on Friday, the nine-page document attempts to clarify what customer internet and phone records the government wants companies such as Telstra, Optus and iiNet to store for the purpose of law enforcement and counterterrorism.

The requirement is part of a proposed data retention regime, which has been given “in principle” approval by the Abbott government. It seeks to continue to allow law enforcement and spy agencies to access customer identifiable data without a warrant as prescribed by law, but would ensure the data is not deleted for a mandated period of two years.

The paper, stamped “confidential” and marked for “preliminary consultation only” raises more questions than it solves.

Read more on Sydney Morning Herald.

h/t, @MsLods. See Storify.

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