Australian Government Will Bear Expenses for Metadata Retention BillAdded: Saturday, November 8th, 2014
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The country’s government promised to make “substantial” payments to Australian telcos and ISPs under a new scheme that would require them to store information about their customers’ activities for 2 years.
However, the local communications minister said he couldn’t accurately estimate the cost of mandatory data retention. He also claimed that the companies, not the authorities, were responsible for ensuring the safety of subscriber data.
The minister has recently introduced a bill to parliament that would require “telecommunications service providers to retain for 2 years telecommunications data”, claiming it was necessary for police and security agencies. The Australian Federal Police confirmed that the information called metadata had application in a wide range of investigations, including pursuing unauthorized downloaders and file-sharers.
The suggested legislation will allow the storage of IP addresses assigned to a customer and details of communications, including the time, date, duration, sender or recipient, and phone numbers contacted. The government stressed that the law wouldn’t require to store “the contents or substance of a communication” or users’ web-browsing history.
The minister also said he expected “to make a substantial contribution” to the companies’ implementation and operational costs. However, he noted that the government didn’t have a final figure at the moment.
In the meantime, Labor has indicated it will consider its position, but the Greens have already claimed they are against data retention. They believe that the high costs would likely to be met through higher phone and Internet bills and government taxes.
In the meantime, the attorney general pointed out that law enforcement agencies already could access metadata, but only if telcos were voluntarily storing the data. Changing business practices and technology led to the situation where some metadata was no longer being stored, so the proposed bill was necessary to enhance the Australia’s counter-terrorism and general crime-fighting capabilities.
The chief of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, when asked whether metadata could be used to target unauthorized downloads, said yes. In the issues of illegal downloads, piracy, cyber crimes and cyber security, the ability of the agencies to investigate them is absolutely pinned to their ability to retrieve and use metadata.
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Saturday, November 8th, 2014
|virtually No terrorists have been caught plotting on the internet in the past 10 years and 99.9999% of those questioned have been released with the exception of those detained without charge or trial in Gitmo ,collection of Metadata from the 72 microsoft fusion centres and the GCHQ in England all goes to the NSA and gets stored not to prevent or to catch terrorists but to profile users data for later distribution to corporations or to be stored for demographic comparisons there is not enough manpower to sieve through the billions of users of data collected for years to come yet and no self respecting terrorist is going to openly plot an attack on the internet in fact they will either just have actionable phrases like your dinner is waiting on the table or other innocuous phrases or ciphers to convey their messages,No real terrorist cells to my knowledge have been caught in 10 years of government censorship and surveillance and just threats made to fearful citizens by a government that has already hoodwinked the world with weapons of mass destruction and other BS to obtain their goal of cyberspace domination around the globe.|
|posted by (2014-11-09 00:48:36)|
|all about cyber security it's a peanuts and it's just for waiting where's the problems and taking all data where is peel peanuts for seized evidence.|
|what ever happened to good old fashion police work...slackasses.|
|posted by (2014-11-10 01:08:02)|
|It's easier to sit at one's desk and spy on people. And whenever has the government borne expenses, huh? It is us citizen who will pay, one way or the other...No government can be trusted...they're all the same, bunch of thieving liars.|
|posted by (2014-11-10 20:34:58)|
|Governments don't have money they use yours.||
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