The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has extended the deadline for submissions into an inquiry on national security legislation and data retention.
The new deadline has been extended two weeks to Monday, 20 August.
The government has asked the committee to consider proposals for telecommunications interception reform, telecommunications sector security reform and Australian intelligence community legislation reform.
The inquiry relates to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979; Telecommunications Act 1997; Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979; and Intelligence Services Act 2001.
The committee will examine modernising intelligence access to communications data, enhancing the operational capacity of intelligence agencies and mitigating the risks posed by foreign technology and service suppliers.
It will look at security risks posed to the telecommunications sector and whether the government needs to introduce measures which the telco industry would need to implement in order to protect their networks from unauthorised interference.
“It is vital that our security laws keep pace with the rapid developments in technology,” said Anthony Byrne, chair of the committee.
Terms of reference include "tailored data retention periods for up to two years for parts of a data set, with specific timeframes taking into account agency priorities and privacy and cost impacts".
Greens senator Scott Ludlam previously told Computerworld Australia Ozlog, the term given to proposals of data retention by the government, was a “dodgy premise” which makes dangerous assumptions about the public all being criminals.
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