Australia's Data Retention Law Passed The Senate. It's Really Happening

Well, that's that then. We're getting a mandatory data retention scheme. Great.

After a marathon two days of negotiations, stalls and attempted amendments by Greens and Independent Senators, the data retention Bill passed with a landslide majority of 43 votes to 16.

All that needs to happen now is for the Bill to be formally passed into law.

From there, ISPs will have a grace period of 18 months to implement the relevant technology required to capture and process the metadata of their customers. [iTNews]