Australian Attorney-General concedes website visits will be saved for two years

George Brandis has conceded the government will require telecommunications companies to retain for two years records of all websites visited by their customers. Guardian Australia can reveal the controversial plan caused angry scenes in cabinet on Tuesday.After a day of mixed messages about exactly what data the government wanted to be retained, the attorney general also revealed to Sky News the government was “in discussion” with telcos about how its plan would treat Skype or services like Facetime and Google chat. see:Attorney-General George Brandis struggles to explain Government’s metadata proposal
The Federal Government’s push for expanded powers to access people’s digital information is mired in confusion.The proposal which would see telecommunications companies hold onto customer records was announced this week as part of a raft of measures to strengthen counter-terrorism laws.

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