Andrew Colley reports:
The government was warned early this year that proposed new data retention laws would put Australians at higher risk of privacy breaches.
The controversial proposal, which could see internet companies store up to two years’ worth of data on subscribers and users, is part of a package of legislative changes to overhaul the telecommunications interceptions regime currently before a joint parliamentary intelligence and security committee.
The Australian has learned that last December privacy consultants Information Integrity Solutions (IIS) advised Attorney-General Nicola Roxon that some internet companies subject to the new laws may not have the capability to adequately protect the data. Some may also struggle to understand their obligations to protect it under the proposed laws, it warned.
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