What the private sector could contribute to the data retention debate

It is impossible to discuss the recent debate around data retention in Australia without eventually coming back to information security -- encryption, the secure storage of digital records, and meta data are just some of the topics that are traditionally security issues. However, they are the same issues that have been addressed time and time again in the private sector.

Security company RSA has spent a lot of time tackling this issue in the private sector, understanding that a company must protect the privacy of its customers, while still being able to ensure nothing illegal is occurring within its own userbase. There are several lessons that can be abstracted from the years of experience that the private sector has to look at what needs to be present in a possible data retention scheme.

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