Australian data retention scheme comes into force with civil lawsuit safeguards

Posted in: Government & Policy at 14/04/2017 13:46

Personal data collected under the government’s mandatory data retention scheme, which comes into force on Thursday, will not be able to be used in civil lawsuits, the government has confirmed.

The data retention scheme requires telecommunications companies to store some types of Australians phone records and web activity, but it has drawn criticism from privacy groups, because it allows more than 20 government agencies to gain access without a warrant.

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