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Privacy Commission Issues Mobile Phone Guidelines

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 29, 2010

Three federal agencies have teamed up to release guidelines aimed at helping consumers protect themselves when using mobile phones, The Age reports. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Communications and Media Authority released the guidelines this week. "Mobile phones are used for so many different things and the amount of personal information that we store on them can be significant," said Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis. The guidelines recommend users refrain from conducting sensitive transactions on mobile phones and suggest permanently deleting data from phones upon recycling or replacing them, among other tips.
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