The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has commenced a review of the mandatory data retention regime prescribed by Part 5-1A of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act).
The mandatory data retention regime is a legislative framework which requires carriers, carriage service providers and internet service providers to retain a defined set of telecommunications data for two years, ensuring that such data remains available for law enforcement and national security investigations.
Section 187N of the TIA Act provides for the review and requires the Committee to report by 13 April 2020. Terms of reference are available here.
Making a submission
The Committee invites written submissions addressing any or all of the areas of focus for the Committee’s inquiry. Submissions should clearly identify which areas of focus are being addressed.
Prospective submitters are advised that any submission to the Committee’s inquiry must be prepared solely for the inquiry and should not be published prior to being accepted by the Committee. Documents do not attract parliamentary privilege until they are accepted by the Committee.
Submissions are requested by 1 July 2019. Further information about making a submission to a parliamentary committee inquiry is available here.