After over five years of negotiations, the secret TPP has now been agreed to in principle. Trade Minister Andrew Robb, along with trade representatives from the other 11 participating nations, reached an agreement at the most recent round of talks in Atlanta, Georgia.
Australia’s metadata laws (formally known as the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015) went live on Tuesday 13th October. These laws allow the government access to information about who you emailed or called, your location at the time of communication, and the type of device you were using at the time. This data is available from the past two years.