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Submissions for this consultation closed on Friday, 27 January 2017

On 13 April 2017, the Government tabled a report in Parliament outlining the outcomes of a review of the restriction on civil litigant access to telecommunications data retained under the data retention scheme.

The tabling of the report is in accordance with the Government's response to a recommendation of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security:

The review considered whether data retained solely for the purposes of the data retention scheme should be available for use in the civil justice system, and if so, in what circumstances.

The review concluded that sufficient evidence had not been received to sustain a recommendation that regulations be made to allow civil litigants to access the data. The Government will therefore not be making regulations to increase civil litigant access to retained data at this time. Civil litigants will still be able to access data that is not retained solely for purposes of the data retention scheme.

In reaching this conclusion, 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.

Public consultation

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

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Submissions received, other than those provided on a confidential basis, are listed below in alphabetical order.

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