Guess who'll pick up the bill for all this invasive data collection and retention?
The same ones who'll suffer the spying and the inevitable botch-ups.
Telcos will be required to retain data on spam, failed email, and borked voice over IP phone calls under the Australian Federal Government's looming data retention plan. Data retention comes into effect 15 October. It requires telecommunications providers retain metadata information on subscribers but not the content of …
I set this up as a matter of course for all my clients. If there are claims of an intrusion, someone needs proof of sending an email, or reason why an incoming email is blocked, the logs can be printed out.
Making such logs compliant (no tinkering with the log output) would need to be built into the mail server product itself. Not too difficult to achieve.
Storing the metadata makes sense: messages can certainly be sent within the metadata if both sender and recipient wish to collude in doing so, even though the messages themselves are rejected.
keeping all that spam is going to cost How Much ? Even pollies as thick as the local lot may eventually wake up and support Green moves to dump whole scheme before Oz entire power output goes to keeping the rust spinning. Once wonders if the enthusiasm for mass data slurpling would be lessened if the spooks had cost come out of their fixed budget, at say early 2001 levels ?
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