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New Metadata laws – a brief recap

Published on April 1, 2015 in ITnews

NOVAiT Logo 184x184Phone and Internet providers to store two years of users metadata after the Abbott government’s controversial data retention laws passed parliament.

How this will affect internet users monthly bills is still unclear, it is estimated the scheme will cost about $3.98 per customer each year if no tax payer funding is provided.

The latest suite of national security legislation passed the upper house on Thursday evening with bipartisan support.

Metadata includes the identity of a subscriber and the source, destination, date, time, duration and type of communication.  It excludes the content of a message, phone call or email and web-browsing history.

Without this police and security agency investigations are not as effective.

A great many Senators had differing opinions.

The suggestion of a warrant for each and every request was made however this would be impractical, given last year there were 340,000 such requests.

So how does it affect you, in most cases if you are a law abiding citizen then you have nothing to worry about.  If you are worried about your privacy and need help, please give us a call for assistance.

A documentary titled “Terms and Conditions May Apply” will give you an insight into what can happen if this information is abused and not vetted correctly.

There was one case in the US in which a user was searching for ways to kill his wife, the authorities raided his home and brought him in for questioning, as it turned out this poor chap was a writer on the TV series Cold Case, his web searches were for research.

Lets hope that the authorities use this information effectively and with the proper oversight.

 

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