[LINK] Senate committee probes AGD's data retention activities

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Mon Nov 1 17:14:12 AEDT 2010

On 01/11/2010, at 4:54 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
> On 2010/Nov/01, at 1:45 PM, Stilgherrian wrote:
>> The "edited highlights" of Friday's session in the Senate Inquiry is now online as part of the "Patch Monday podcast.
>> http://www.zdnet.com.au/the-govt-s-data-retention-dreams-revealed-339306955.htm
> Nice, thanks.  I notice that the example they gave when asked how the proposed IP header logs might help an investigation does not actually relate in any way to the proposed IP header logs.  What they would need, and would still need as well, in those cases is the IP to customer billing contact and time logs, which I assume ISPs already have and keep.  The header logs are only icing on the fishing cake (to mix metaphors).

As far as I understand it, currently the police would need to get a warrant to get the IP-address-to-customer mappings. Unless, of course, the ISP chose to cooperate with the investigation on the basis of a polite request. The new regime would guarantee that 1. the ISP would have the keep the information on file for N months, where N=24, probably, and 2. the ISP would be guaranteed to release that information on the basis of a request by a "senior officer" rather than requiring a warrant.

Of course a detective asking for a copy of someone telephone call records is a routine thing, and the police argument is that this is just applying that same logic to ISPs.


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