Back to the drawing board on metadata

The Coalition's data retention scheme, as its stands, has no backers and the shrill rhetoric has to give way to signs of prudence.

The data retention inquiry in Canberra may have been overshadowed by the broader kerfuffle around the fate of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but the three-days of discussion have at least clarified the salient points.

The scheme, as its stands, has no backers other than the security agencies that seemingly just can’t do without greater access to metadata.

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