06.11.2014 - 08:25 [ Techdirt ]

Australians‘ Stored Metadata Could Be Used In Any Civil Case, Including Against Copyright Infringement

It was bad enough when the Australian government announced that it was joining the growing club of countries that would be retaining huge swathes of its citizens‘ metadata. But now people are beginning to realize that once that store of metadata exists it not only can, but probably will, be used for many other purposes that have nothing to do with the avowed aim of fighting terrorism. The first hint that this might happen came from a slip made by the Australian Federal Police Commissioner, reported here by Gizmodo Australia: