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ResourcesHuman Research EthicsData retention scheme is being abused exactly as critics predicted | Crikey (Bernard Keane | February 2020)

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Data retention scheme is being abused exactly as critics predicted | Crikey (Bernard Keane | February 2020)

Published/Released on February 25, 2020 | Posted by Admin on April 30, 2020 / , , , , , ,
 


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A review of the Abbott government’s data retention scheme has shown it is being widely abused by scores of bodies around the country.

A review of the mass surveillance scheme established by the Abbott government six years ago has revealed how it is being widely abused in ways voters were assured would never happen.

Not human research ethics per se, but the privacy, consent and ‘respect for persons’ issues in Australia were serious enough we felt the item important enough to include in the Resource Library, especially in the context of the COVID-19 app.

The government’s data retention regime, which compels communications providers to retain personal information on service use by customers for two years, is currently the subject of a statutory review by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
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When the Abbott government introduced the scheme in 2014, it assured Australians that the unprecedented level of surveillance of their communications metadata — which can be used to construct a detailed portrait of an individual’s life beyond that provided by any content they may use — would be subject to strict controls.
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Its use would be limited to serious offences and a small number of security agencies — just 22 across the state and federal governments.
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Those commitments have turned out to be false.
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