INTERNET browsing histories and detailed records tracking the movements of mobile phones will not be collected under the government’s contentious metadata retention legislation.
The legislation, which dictates telcos retain telecommunications data for two years, also exempts the telcos from being required to store the content or substance of any communication, including subject lines of emails or posts on social media sites.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning released the government’s draft legislation, which will be reviewed by a bipartisan committee before a full debate in parliament.
“Metadata is information about a communication, but not its content,’’ Mr Turnbull said. “So in the telephone world it reveals that one number belonging to a particular account connected to another number at a time and for a duration but does not reveal what they discussed.
I always take issue with the Government taking away our Freedoms on the basis of “Trust Us” alone, but my mind is uncertain on Metadata retention. They seem to be doing a reasonable job on explaining the cost to society when security agencies cannot gain access to this information and it doesn’t seem to take away a freedom I would find worrisome, a good computer geek probably could get hold of it anyway.
Are there more pressing issue for us to focus our energies on as small business owners… probably and it would seem that it is a time immemorial conundrum;
“The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,
public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be
tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be
curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work
instead of living on public assistance.”
– Cicero, 55 BC
The greatest threat to our society is ignorance, apathy and idleness…