Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, has called into question the effectiveness of the country's metadata restrictions, ZDNet reports. The mandatory data retention regime allows 21 enforcement agencies to access retained data. However, unauthorized agencies are accessing the data, and Telstra reported such unlawful and unpaid access to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. "There is a risk this type of access to telecommunications data could erode public trust in the regime and undermine the relationship we have with our customers in relation to protection of their privacy," Telstra wrote in the submission.
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