Corrective services companies are pitching for access to telecommunications metadata to examine the use of smuggled cellular telephones and the prisoner phone program to facilitate alleged prison actions from driving bars.
The condition and territory companies – represented by the Corrective Products and services Administrators’ Council or CSAC – say “unmonitored communications” in Australia’s jails current a “serious threat to correctional facilities and the wider community.”
They also argue that metadata could validate regardless of whether or not offenders on community corrections orders are adhering to court-imposed situations, like restrictions on phone or net use.
In a parliamentary submission [pdf], CSAC pitched for correctional services companies to be afforded formal ‘enforcement agency’ status underneath Australia’s data retention rules.
Nevertheless warrantless access to metadata is only meant to be allowable to formally-stated enforcement companies, dozens of other entities have also requested and in some cases accessed metadata, in accordance to Communications