Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications) Bill 2004


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Bills Digest No. 37  2004-05

Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications) Bill 2004 This is a new edition of a Bills Digest previously prepared for the 40th Parliament

WARNING:
This Digest was prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments. This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Endnotes
Contact Officer & Copyright Details


Passage History

Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications) Bill 2004

Date Introduced: 17 November 2004

House: Senate

Portfolio: Attorney-General

Commencement: The day after Royal Assent

Purpose

To exclude stored communications (including electronic messages located on a computer, internet server or other equipment, and whether read or unread) from the controls on interception of communications in the Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979 for a period of 12 months while a review of the regime for accessing such communications is conducted.

Background

The Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications) Bill 2004 was originally introduced on 27 May 2004. This Bill lapsed when the 40th Parliament was prorogued for the October 2004 general election. The Bill has now been re-introduced in identical form.

For discussion of the issues raised by this Bill, see the digest for the May 2004 Bill.(1) See also the report(2) on the May 2004 Bill by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee.

Endnotes

  1. http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/bd/2003-04/04bd153.pdf.
  2. http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/legcon_ctte/completed_inquiries/2002-04/ti_stored_data/report/report.pdf

 

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Peter Prince
22 November 2004
Bills Digest Service
Information and Research Services

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ISSN 1328-8091
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