Australia still uses a law from 1979 to govern metadata, with more than 100 amendments. This leaves loopholes that various agencies can exploit and dodge safeguards.


UNSW research shows that Australia is collecting more telecommunications metadata per capita than comparable nations, putting national security interests ahead of privacy concerns. 


Despite concessions for journalists, it appears the government and Labor have lost the appetite for further amendments to the Metatdata Bill, meaning it is set to join a long list of Australia's problematic national security laws, writes George Williams.

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Metadata regulation is needed, but the legislation before the Australian Parliament contains major flaw, writes George Williams.