As the Australian metadata-retention law hits the end of its two-year implementation period, critics remain, saying the regulation doesn't take into account the nature of tech companies' relationship with data, The Australian reports. Inabox Group General Counsel Angus Fotheringham said the law didn't allocate significant resources for companies to get to compliance. “The government provided some capital cost to build the systems required, but there is no budget for ongoing operational costs," he said. “So, fundamentally, the laws are anti-competitive because they favour the big players over the small ones.” Meanwhile, the Communications Alliance argue that "telcos remain unprepared as the implementation period comes to an end," the report states. (Registration may be required to access this report.)
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