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Senator Questioned About Gov't Plans

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

June 21, 2010

Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam questioned Senator Penny Wong today about federal government plans to require Internet service providers to retain Australians' Web browsing, e-mail and telephone activity for the purpose of fighting crime and terrorism, ZDNet reports. In response, Wong said, "I understand the Attorney-General's Department has been consulting with industry in relation to continuing availability of telecommunications data with reference to law enforcement purposes." She added that any move in this direction would need to balance privacy concerns. Wong also said that the Attorney-General's Department has been consulting with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on the issue.
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