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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Law Council of Australia calls for the use of warrants for accessing telcom metadata Related reading: Lawmakers' inquiry on data privacy's role in competition forges ahead

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The Law Council of Australia has called for the use of warrants when enforcement agencies seek to access metadata from the country’s telecommunication companies, ZDNet reports. Enforcement agencies currently have access to two years’ worth of data without a warrant. In a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, the council wrote, "The Law Council considers that access to the telecommunications data by a particular agency should only be accessible by warrant unless the access is strictly necessary due to an emergency situation," adding that protections extended to journalists should be broadened to the whole population.
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