Australian Attorney-General’s Dept unsure of cost of data retention scheme

The Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) has told a parliamentary inquiry it has not yet assessed the potential costs of implementing proposals around data retention, despite several estimates from industry it could cost hundreds of millions.Catherine Smith, assistant secretary, telecommunications and surveillance law branch at the AGD, told the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security that it has not excluded any cost models but has come up with three possible models. This includes government pays; industry pays’ and sharing the cost, which she said is the current arrangement.

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