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Senate Probe Into Online Privacy, Gov't Plans


June 25, 2010

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts yesterday began an inquiry into online privacy following increasing concern about how companies are handling personal data online, reports IT News. "It is time the parliament took a proper look at the degree to which the privacy of Australians online is being eroded by governments and corporations alike," said Green Sen. Scott Ludlam, who proposed the inquiry to parliament. The inquiry will also look into government plans to adopt European style data protection laws, including, says Ludlam, "plans to compel ISPs to collect the Web browsing history of all Australians, for purposes which are not at all clear." The committee is currently accepting comments from the public and is expected to give a report by October 20.
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