Overseas technology could see police in Australia using devices to check drivers’ mobile metadata without a warrant. The technology, which some are calling ‘textalysers’, would be used to see whether people were texting while driving. Melbourne University’s Dr Suelette Dreyfus says it has worrying implications for citizen rights and privacy.
From today, Australian law requires telcos and internet service providers to retain their customers’ metadata for 2 years. Retained data will include the customer’s identity, and the date, time and form of communications. Michael Cope, president of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, fears that these new laws pose a real risk for stored information to be misused by government agencies.