Jul 8, 2013

Data retention net tightens on Attorney-General’s Department

The Attorney-General's Department has admitted it did more on data retention than it claimed to a parliamentary committee.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Attorney-General’s Department has been running but is now struggling to find anywhere to hide on data retention. In a significant admission, the department has been forced to correct its evidence to the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee to reveal that two legislative provisions for a data retention regime were drafted at the department’s request.

As Crikey reported in May, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam asked the department at Senate Estimates to provide details of its consultation with industry on data retention and its drafting of legislation for it. The department at the time sought to play down its commitment to data retention, saying its industry consultations were simply informal discussions and that it had not prepared any legislation. Crikey suggested the responses might have misleading given what we already knew about the department’s efforts on data retention.

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One thought on “Data retention net tightens on Attorney-General’s Department

  1. paddy

    Just getting my head around the consequences of the exponential growth data retention is truly hard work. (Seriously scary stuff.)
    So I really appreciate both Scott Ludlam’s efforts in Parliament and your work in writing about it Bernard.
    It’s *not* a simple subject and Crikey does it way better than the MSM. Bravo.

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