The Herald Sun reports Australian telecommunications companies are urging the government to address a potential loophole for data retention in the Telecommunications Act. The ambiguous section of the law allows non-law enforcement agencies to request data held by telecoms, risking personal data exposure and misuse. Additionally, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee recommended the provision be repealed. The committee also pitched new guidelines to control agencies' metadata requests and more stringent rules around which agencies can seek metadata without a warrant.
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