Mandatory data retention is a rort

Ultimately it will be consumers and businesses who foot the compliance bill for any mandatory data retention scheme – and those costs will only keep rising alongside our unquenchable thirst for data.

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos would be forced to keep information (metadata) about customers’ phone and online activities for up to two years, for access by law enforcement agencies.

Apparently, the government wants this data to be held by the telcos -- imposing massive costs on the industry which will ultimately be passed on to their customers

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