Removal of information from data retention FAQ web page

Jon Lawrence made this Freedom of Information request to Attorney-General's Department

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

I refer to the the web page entitled "Frequently asked questions about the data retention obligations", located at:

The most recent archived version of this page captured by the Internet Archive is dated 28th April 2016 and is available at:

This archived version includes the following text:
"Will data retention be used for copyright enforcement?

The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 only allows access for limited purposes, such as criminal law enforcement matters. Breach of copyright is generally a civil law wrong. The Act will preclude access to telecommunications data retained solely for the purpose of complying with the mandatory data retention scheme for the purposes of civil litigation."

The current version of this page, accessed at 13:16 AEDT 10th January 2017 does not include this text.

I request information relating to the decision to remove this text from the web page, specifically:
- when was the decision taken to remove the text
- who was the decision-maker
- what was the reason for the text to be removed
- when was the text removed from the web page

Yours faithfully,

Jon Lawrence

J. righttoknow Thomas left an annotation ()

Please copy me in on the reply. Concerned citizen: JT, Annerley.

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Right To Know administrator

Dear Attorney-General's Department,

I have today received an email from the Assistant Secretary of the Communications Security Branch which provides all the information I was seeking in this FoI request.

This request is therefore now redundant and withdrawn.

Yours faithfully,

Jon Lawrence

Ben Fairless left an annotation ()

Would be great if you could publish or provide a link to this information!

Jon Lawrence left an annotation ()

An image of the email received is available here: