Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department is standing firm on their belief that obtaining a warrant for every metadata request would be an onerous burden on law enforcement. This interesting news came from CNet in their article, “AG’s Department rejects calls for metadata warrants.”

This comes in response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into data retention. Their submission argues that the data retained (such as the source, destination, and time of communications) is a necessary tool in criminal investigations and security operations. However important it may be, they also believe that the time and resources used in obtaining a warrant are excessive.

Metadata gets a bad rap. It is a valuable tool for confirming existing evidence and supporting the work of forensic imaging. As we move into more business intelligence integration, remember that standards are what drives consistency. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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