The Australian government have decided to not go through with their data retention plan, which would've seen Internet Service Providers (ISPs) retain customer data for up to two years.
The parliamentary committee investigating the data retention proposal and a few other proposed legislative changes to telecommunications and national security legislation yesterday issued their report. This saw the decision on whether to push forward with plans of a mandatory data retention scheme back to the government.
Law enforcement agencies have longed for this scheme, but have said that most of this metadata (such as information on when and where the call was made, to who, and for how long) is no longer being kept by telcos for billing purposes. I wonder what they mean by "no longer" being kept - was it kept previously?
I think we can most likely attribute the decision reversal on the backlash of NSA's Prism program, which was unveiled by NSA whistleblower and world hero, Edward Snowden. You can read more on the plans here.