The Australian Federal Police's casual dismissal of a serious breach of data retention laws is appropriate given the way those laws were passed.
Ditching controversial plans to allow metadata to be accessed in civil suits is part of a longer game for more power by Attorney-General George Brandis.
Now that we know ASIO has pursued journalists' sources using data retention laws, did George Brandis comply with his own law requiring him to tell a parliamentary committee about it?
One concerned constituent has written to her local Senator, Eric Abetz, about the matter of data storage under the mandatory data retention regime.
Where is your personal data stored under the government's data retention regime? The government admits it has no idea -- and that's not about to change.
Because it's probably going to happen.
Revelations of trafficking of Australians' metadata illustrate that data retention -- which has no benefits for law enforcement -- is a serious threat to Australians.