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Nov 1, 2012

Data definitions in the spotlight as A-G dept fronts inquiry

There is still confusion about what data would be retained under the federal government's highly contentious data retention proposals -- and it arises from the government itself.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Tomorrow morning at 10am, the Attorney-General’s Department will front the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to discuss the national security proposals put forward by the government. It’s the most anticipated moment of the committee’s public hearings.

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4 thoughts on “Data definitions in the spotlight as A-G dept fronts inquiry

  1. Sarah Abramovic

    “.. AGD secretary Roger Wilkins was quite direct, not to mention rude, on the subject..”

    This attitude and approach seems to reflect the way the data retention proposals have been thrown together in the first place.

    And seemingly, rejecting any notion of accountability what so ever. This equals rude!

  2. Simon

    some URL’s literally contain content as well. links to php pages frequently include inputs to the page that is being looked up. search strings, user login details (i.e. first time user, etc.) location data etc. Given this use, URL’s should never be considered exempt.

  3. Limited News

    Reading the two relevant Telecommunications Acts, it appears that as an operator of a home computer network, I am a “listed carriage service provider” as a “carriage service” means a service for carrying communications by means of guided and/or unguided electromagnetic energy. On that basis it is a crime for me to disclose my Apache webserver logs because they detail the times at which URLs on my site were accessed – even thought they contain no identifying information?!

  4. Harper Colin

    Having followed this very closely, it seems from the AGD’s and the AFP perspective, the less clearer the interpretation of the proposals ( we have all witnessed the confusion ) and then finally leading to legislation, it would be easier for these bodies to over-step that legislation beyond it’s lawful parameters.

    This under-scores the importance of scrutineers such as Scott Ludlam to ensure all bases are covered and prevent that unlawful over-step.

    Power to you Scott and thanks to Crikey and Keane for the excellent coverage.

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