Australia - Inquiry into Australia's Mandatory Data Retention Bill Continues
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is conducting an inquiry into the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 (Cth) (Data Retention Bill).
The Data Retention Bill has been controversial for a number of reasons, including due to privacy concerns in relation to its central requirement that telecommunication service providers retain certain telecommunications data for two years. The Explanatory Memorandum to the Data Retention Bill states that such data retention is required for national security and to aid investigations and prosecutions of serious offences, but this proposition has been challenged by many commentators.
The Joint Committee has invited submissions and conducted public hearings as part of its inquiry, and is expected to issue a report by 27 February 2015. The Joint Committee has previously stated that safeguards and oversight are key focus points for any inquiry relating to mandatory data retention.
For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove , Toby Patten or Jarrod Bayliss-McCulloch.