NO WARRANTS NEEDED for metadata access, argues Oz A-G

Australia’s attorney-general has suggested that no warrants should be needed to access the nation’s planned trove of telecommunications metadata, because the data isn’t an invasion of privacy to rank with entering a home.

In a submission to the inquiry into Australia’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. the attorney-general’s department suggests that the process of obtaining a warrant would slow down investigations and that warrants therefore aren’t warranted.

The submissions contradicts conclusions reached by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, which last year recommended warrants before acces to the data.

Link (The Register)

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