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7 Real Life Ways Metadata Can Be Used Against You

The government wants two years of your metadata stored, just in case.

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The Australian Government has proposed a $400 million plan to force telecommunications companies to keep your metadata stored for two years.

Metadata is the time, address and duration of a users phone and internet history.

The government continues to cite national security reasons for the new policy. But it's not just terror suspects who are at risk.

2. If you do something you want kept private.


Metadata can tell authorities A LOT about what people do. Telecommunications companies will be forced to keep all your personal information, including who you called and what sites you visited. All the information can be accessed by security groups and government agencies.

4. If you are a pet owner.

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And it's not just police forces and the government that can use metadata. Another group that used it to find people is the RSPCA. Yep. That RSPCA.

Groups ranging from the RSPCA to Racing Queensland to the state taxi authorities can all apply to telecommunications companies to access metadata.

6. If you are a journalist.

The Attorney-General will have the power to grant metadata requests into journalists. It effectively will give authorities the power to search and locate sources and potential leakers.