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Police Must Do More To Protect Information

SURVEILLANCE—VICTORIA

July 9, 2010

The Australian reports that Victoria's Special Investigations Monitor (SIM), which has oversight of police use of surveillance devices, is raising concerns that there is "no effective and coordinated compliance oversight" of records compiled through surveillance in Victoria. The SIM also alleges that Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland failed to honour a promise to complete a statewide audit that would include an examination of ways to improve information security, the report states. The SIM is also raising concerns about the danger of unauthorised access or loss of highly sensitive records.
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