This article originally appeared on Hoyden About Town.
This morning, Australia’s mandatory 2 year data retention regime began. Internet activity through Australian ISPs (including mobile phone providers) is now recorded. Australians, according to Crikey, here is what is likely to be retained about your accessing this link today:
- your name and similar identifying details on your Internet account
- the Internet address of where you accessed Hoyden About Town from
- the Internet address of Hoyden About Town itself
- the date and time you accessed this site
- how long you accessed it for (quickly, in the case of websites, no doubt, but what if you were Skyping with us?)
- what technical services you used (HTTP over ADSL or mobile or cable or …)
If you are accessing this over a mobile device, your location is also stored, to quite a high degree of accuracy. This data is also by far the hardest to conceal using any method, since it’s revealed as a core part of your phone’s communication with cell towers.
At least the actual specific page you accessed would not (or at least need not) be retained, if I am interpreting the information at Allens and Crikey correctly.
- Max Chalmers, Scott Ludlam’s Top Five Tips On Dodging Tomorrow’s Data Retention Laws, October 2015
- Cayla Dengate, Data Retention: What’s Recorded In A 24-Hour Period, October 2015
- Geordie Guy, Data Retention – What to Do, October 2015, on how to minimise the amount of information your ISP can find out about your Internet activities
- Bernard Keane and Leanne O’Donnell, Data retention will hurt YOU, not criminals. Here’s how, February 2015
- Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Journalists’ sources at risk as data retention begins, warns MEAA, October 2015
- PrimaxAUS on why they are using a VPN, October 2015
- Malcolm Turnbull (yes, that one), Free at last! Or freedom lost? Liberty in the digital age: 2012 Alfred Deakin Lecture, October 2012
Image credit: Surveillance by Jonathan McIntosh, Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike.