Essential Report

Data retention

Mar 24, 2015

Q. The Government will provide special protections for journalists from its proposed data retention scheme (which involves keeping the phone and internet records of all Australians for two years) by requiring a warrant to access journalists’ communications data in certain circumstances. Do you think a warrant should be required to access all Australians’ data, just journalists’ data or should all data be able to be accessed without a warrant? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

Warrant required to access journalists’ data

10%

10%

13%

4%

7%

Warrant required to access all Australians’ data

58%

62%

50%

79%

75%

No warrant required for any data

12%

10%

18%

2%

10%

Don’t know

19%

17%

18%

15%

8%

The majority (58%) of respondents think under the proposed data retention scheme, a warrant should be required to access all Australians’ data, not just journalists’.

A majority of all voter and demographic groups think a warrant should be required to access all data.

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