Despite the lack of legislation to allow widespread data retention, ZDNet reports the Australian Federal Police (AFP) “is setting up systems that will allow it to analyse traffic and capture and retain metadata.” The AFP is moving to extend its network forensics “to include new deep packet inspection capacity that will be able to capture and retain metadata,” the report states, noting, “The AFP has long admitted it seeks legislative changes that would force telcos and ISPs to retain data so that it may use it in criminal investigations.” And, the AFP’s assistant commission has indicated he would like such data retained indefinitely.
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