New Data Retention Law Threatens Privacy in Australia

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On October 13th, a new data retention law came into effect in Australia, requiring telecoms and Internet service providers to store extensive records on user’s personal communications and web browsing habits for up to two years. The law requires blanket on retention of metadata from phone calls, SMS messages, emails, and web browsing histories, but as has been pointed out by a campaign organized by privacy activists and even some opposition legislators, the law is full of holes and should be relatively easy to circumnavigate for most users. Given Australia’s intelligence alliance with the United States, however, Australian netizens should go the extra mile to protect their personal data from prying eyes.

This post adapted from a blurb I wrote for the Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report