Why Data Retention? Australian Government Hasn’t Backed Up Its Argument

Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies are repeatedly pushing the idea that they’ve been rendered helpless by the explosion of new communications technologies. The argument that wiretapping laws should undergo “modernization” to match today’s communications technologies has been used to justify a package of legislative amendments that would broaden online surveillance powers. The most controversial aspect of this proposal is a mandatory data retention framework, which would require blanket storage of all Australians’ communications data for up to two full years.Despite the oft-repeated narrative that there is an urgent need for this new set of wiretapping capabilities, a recently published official overview points out that the government has offered very little in the way of concrete evidence to back up this claim.

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