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AG Considers Requiring ISPs To Record Browsing Histories

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

June 11, 2010

The Australia Attorney General's Department has confirmed it is looking to the European Directive on Data Retention in considering whether ISPs should be required to log and retain customers' Web browsing histories to provide for law enforcement access as needed, ZDNet reports. Internet Industry Association (IIA) CEO Peter Coroneos confirmed there have been preliminary discussions with the Attorney General's Department, but the IIA has not "seen any firm proposals yet from the government." If such a plan should come forward, he said, the IIA would "engage not only with the industry but also the community in a proper discussion." Colin Jacobs of Electronic Frontier Australia said such a move would be "a step too far" for data retention laws.
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