According to the Australian Attorney General's Department, the government has proposed a new data retention plan because of fleeting data records kept by voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communications, Computerworld reports. At a senate inquiry into the plan, the Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner referred to the plan as maintaining the "status quo" and said only the time, cost, location and persons involved in a communication would be retained under the proposed plan. Greens Sen. Scott Ludlam criticized the department for not consulting the public about the proposal "I would have thought in the light of this expansion of data to be retained you would be talking to civil libertarians, privacy activists, take your pick," he said.
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