The Australian Government has tabled a report in Parliament of the review into access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings.

13 April 2017

The Australian Government has tabled a report in Parliament of the review into access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings.

The report concluded that there is insufficient evidence to allow civil litigants to access data retained solely for the purpose of the data retention scheme.

The Australian Government will not be making regulations to increase civil litigant access to retained data at this time however civil litigants will still be able to access data that is not retained solely for purposes of the scheme.

The report follows a review carried out in accordance with the Australian Government's response to a recommendation of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. The review considered whether telecommunications data retained by service providers solely for the purpose of the mandatory data retention scheme should be available for use in the civil justice system, and if so, in what circumstances. The review considered evidence about the use of telecommunications data in the civil justice system, the privacy of communications and the regulatory burden on the telecommunications industry.

The Department of Communications and the Arts and the Attorney-General's Department received submissions from 262 individuals and organisations in response to a public discussion paper on the review.

The report and further information about the review are available on the Attorney-General's Department's website.

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