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New Australian Rules for Telecom Companies to Retain Personal Data - Internet at a Cross Road

Did you know that from the 13 April 2017 new legislation came into force in Australia that required all telecommunications companies to comply with data retention laws? Personal data must be retained for up to two years. This includes storing phone records, emails and internet search histories.  To me, this was a little scary to me on several fronts: -

1.  The obvious - that the government or whoever can see what I have been doing

2.  The financial - who is going to pay for all this storage - and the answer it the consumer - as the telco's are not going to do this out of the goodness of their heart.

3.  Security - Cybersecurity is a big issue and what would happen if the "bad guys" hacked into Telstra and took all the customers e-mail?  

In an ABC interview with Dame Wendy Hall discusses the internet at a cross road.  An interesting listen that is only seven minutes long

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 16-06-17

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