Australian metadata retention scheme deadline arrives, digital rights advocates say ‘get a VPN’

Australian metadata retention scheme deadline arrives, digital rights advocates say ‘get a VPN’, by Will Ockenden.

If you don’t want the Government to be able to see your online activity, then you better get a virtual private network (VPN), digital rights advocates say.

Thursday was the deadline for internet providers to be compliant with Australia’s metadata retention scheme, which was passed two years ago.

The law forces internet providers and telecommunications companies to keep and store information generated by customers calling, texting or using the internet. …

Tim Singleton Norton, a privacy advocate with Digital Rights Watch, said … metadata was all of the information surrounding the content of anything you do online. “So it’s not the actual things you write in your email and text messages and what you’re saying in a phone call,” he said. “But it is where you did it from, when you did it, to whom, how often.”

hat-tip Joanne