The dark side to data retention

As agencies piggyback on Canberra's proposed data retention plans to seek greater powers, few have considered the potential push to the darknet which could leave ISPs with data centres full of junk information.

The government review into cyber-security has turned into a free for all by government agencies demanding access to data that would be collected under the proposed two year data retention regime.

Proposed changes to the national legislation covering telecommunications and the digital network are being seen by government agencies as a once in a generation opportunity to get access to the online usage history of all Australians.

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