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Data plan an erosion of privacy

The Abbott Government's metadata retention laws are a step too far, writes Christine Milne

IF you're like me, you'll have had no idea until recently what metadata is and why you should care.

But you should care, a lot.

I've had to bring myself up to speed on the issue because it's at the heart of laws the Federal Government wants to change in its latest "war on terror".

There are a couple of different definitions of metadata but the easiest to understand is information that is collected when you use any telecommunications system.

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