Labor support for Govt surveillance of people and businesses

THE Federal Government's controversial $400 million plan to force telecommunications providers to store the metadata of all phone and internet users for two years will go ahead after the Labor party agreed to support the move.

The support will be featured in the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report into the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 that is due to be tabled in Parliament later today.

Metadata can include everything from basic phone call statistics to specific information like the location of a smartphone user at the time an internet surfing session takes place.

Labor has called for some amendments but largely backed the most controversial parts of the plan - its duration and scope. There is also no firm push to detail exactly how much the government would pay for the plan, which internet service providers have warned could lead to higher service prices.

But in move that could raise eyebrows, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will also be named as a body that is allowed to access the metadata of all Australians without a warrant. The ACCC typically investigates anti-competitive behaviour and misleading advertising.


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