Data Retention Bill public hearings to resume

Data Retention Bill public hearings to resume

A Senate Committee hearing into the federal government’s data retention bill will resume in Canberra today.

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, telecommunications companies including Telstra and Vodafone, the Human Rights Commission  and Joint media organisations are among those due to give evidence today.

The committee is investigating privacy issues with the government’s legislation, which will require entities that supply telecommunications services in Australia to keep telecommunications data for two years.

In their submissions, both the Privacy Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission have called on the government to ensure it justifies retention of private data as necessary and proportionate to the benefit of Australian security.

The committee is due to hand down its report at the end of February.

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