Majority of ISPs not ready for Australia’s metadata laws

The vast majority of Australian internet service providers (ISPs) are not ready to start collecting and storing metadata as required under the country’s data retention laws which come into effect today.ISPs have had the past six months to plan how they will comply with the law, but 84 per cent say they are not ready and will not be collecting metadata on time. see:Easier access to your data starts here as mandatory retention becomes law
The new world of Australia’s data retention scheme begins on Tuesday. From now, certain types of phone, internet and location data will be compulsorily swept up by telecommunications companies for the benefit of government agencies.The new laws vastly expand the retention of personal data. Until Tuesday, retention by phone and internet providers was inconsistent. Data about who Australians called and texted was generally held by larger companies for billing purposes, but much more will now be stored, for a mandatory period of two years. Location data, information about devices, IP data of email logins and amount of data used will all be retained. ISPs are struggling to retain our metadata
We have just learnt that 84 per cent of internet service providers in Australia have not met the deadline set by the federal government for them to start collecting metadata. And 61 per cent are asking for some exemption or variation in the requirements specified in the legislation.This suggests the metadata retention legislation is proving to be more complicated to enact than the federal government has previously suggested.

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