Data retention costs Australian telcos upwards of AU$210 million to date



It might have only cost AU$35 million this year, but the cumulative cost of Australia’s metadata retention scheme are now over AU$211 million, against total recuperations of AU$39 million.

The numbers were contained with the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 – Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2018 [PDF], with the reading consistent with past issues.

Of the 301,113 metadata requests made in the year, enforcing criminal law took up the majority of requests, with 295,779 made. Drug offences still top the table for most authorisations with 67,600, while homicide had 33,000 authorisations, followed by fraud, miscellaneous criminal acts, robbery, and abduction.

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