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In an op-ed for The Sydney Morning Herald, Chris Berg suggests that despite privacy mistakes at Google and Facebook, Australians have more reason to be concerned with what he describes as governmental threats to privacy, including healthcare identifiers and the push for a CrimTrac database of drivers' licences, birth registries and passport photos from law-abiding citizens. In a report for The Australian, meanwhile, Geoff Elliott offers a different view, suggesting Google's collection of personal data from WiFi networks all over the globe and Facebook's practice of making user information available across the Internet "breach individuals' intellectual property around the world." Berg, however, contends that while users can quit social networking sites or stop using search engines, "If a government department abuses your trust or compromises your privacy, you can't do anything."
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