While publishing their annual reports, three Australian government agencies revealed increases in metadata requests by law enforcement and other government entities, iTnews reports. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission had a 44% increase in requests for prospective metadata and 25% for historic metadata. Meanwhile, the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission's overall requests rose 11%, and the New South Wales Crime Commission saw increases of 153% for historic metadata and 106% for prospective metadata. Telecoms' compliance costs related to the requests fell to $35 million from $119 million, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
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