Metadata Retention laws and the Internet of Things

This article examines aspects of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015. It shows how the law provides a tactical advantage to investigators who pursue whistleblowers and investigative journalists. The article exposes a discrepancy in the way ‘journalist’ is defined across different pieces of legislation. It argues that the explosion of data generated by the so-called Internet-of-Things (IoT) lead to a loss of user control which will enable non-stop, involuntary and ubiquitous monitoring of individuals.

Metadata, IoT, ISP data retention
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