Two years of metadata could be great news for lots of people – not just law enforcement agencies, but for courts wanting to subpoena evidence – even content owners wanting to trace potential copyright infringers.
Patrick Fair, Partner in law firm Baker and McKenzie and John Lindsay, Managing Director, Lindsay Strategic Advisory, suggest the new law could have significant changes to civil law, not just our fight against terrorism.
But science journalist Wilson da Silva suggests it’s not all bad news – the legislation could enforce the collection of big data that could be used for a myriad of beneficial outcomes. Telcos could even use it as a new revenue stream.
Maybe, but John Stanton, CEO of the Communications Alliance, warns it could also see many smaller service providers go to the wall.