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Rights body calls for scaling back of metadata retention laws Featured

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A parliamentary panel, that is reviewing the mandatory data retention laws introduced in 2017, has been told that the legislation goes too far and should be scaled back.

Alice Drury, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, told the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security that the laws retain data for too long, in this case two years.

“What’s at stake here is our ability to go about our lives without feeling like we’re constantly being watched,” Drury said in a statement.

“Under these laws, details of where every single one of us goes, every phone call we make and every single text message we send are stored by private corporations for more than two years.

"This data is collected about every single one of us, and 87 different government agencies have made more than 350,000 requests to access it – they could have accessed your private information without you ever being told.

“It is wrong and totally unnecessary to effectively spy on every single person in the country. These laws go way too far and need to be wound back.”

When the government was pushing to have the laws passed, it said that only a few agencies would have access to the data. But Drury pointed out that 87 different agencies, ranging from taxi oversight bodies to local councils, had made more than 350, 000 applications to this stash of private information.

The HRLC made a number of recommendations that it said would fix the laws:

  • access to metadata should be restricted to law enforcement agencies in connection with serious crimes, rather than being given to hordes of government agencies in relation to minor things;
  • a warrant should be required to access metadata to ensure there is independent oversight of the regime; and
  • access to journalist and public interest whistleblower metadata should be prohibited except in limited circumstances.

Drury also called for the creation of an Australian charter of human rights. "The reality is that powerful corporations and governments don’t always respect the rights of individual people and communities. We need to create an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms that ensures everyone is treated fairly and with respect and dignity," she said.

"These are the types of values that should guide government decisions, policies and law-making."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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