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Roxon edges towards keeping online data for two years

Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb, Bianca Hall and Lucy Battersby
Sydney Morning Herald [1]
Sept 5, 2012

The Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, appears to have swung her support behind a controversial plan to capture the online data of all Australians, despite only six weeks ago saying ”the case had yet to be made [2]” for the policy.

The data retention plan – which would force all Australian telcos and internet service providers to store the online data of all Australians for up to two years – is the most controversial element of a package of more than 40 proposed changes to national security legislation.

If passed, the proposals would be the most significant expansion of national security powers since the Howard-era reforms of the early 2000s.

In a speech to be delivered at theĀ Security in Government conference [3] in Canberra today, Ms Roxon will say that law enforcement agencies need the data retention policy in order to be able to effectively target criminals.

Full article here [1]