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IDs Revealed in Plan to Combat Racism

STUDENT PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

May 21, 2010

The identities of about 500,000 foreign students will be provided to police across the country as part of an effort to discover whether attacks against any of the students were racially motivated, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis announced this month that her office is allowing the Department of Immigration to release student names and ages, which the report states will identify current and former students from China, India, South Korea, Malaysia and the U.S., following a request by the Institute of Criminology to study whether foreign students were more likely to be victims of crime than Australians. "All personal information used for compiling and conducting this research project must be destroyed once the project is complete," Curtis said.
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