The contentious data retention laws passed by the Federal Parliament in 2015 which allowed Telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers until April 2017 to fulfil their implementation plans are now in effect.
The data retention laws require telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to keep records of consumer metadata for a minimum period of two years.
Law enforcement agencies have publicly identified the lack of availability of data as a key and growing impediment to the ability to investigate and to prosecute serious offences.
The changes to the data retention laws provide additional tools which reflect the level of change in the telecommunications environment in the last 15 years.
To better understand the laws we have provided an overview below of some of the key issues.