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Investigation Launched Into Police Info Sharing

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

August 13, 2010

A prior agreement with the Australian Football League (AFL) and Victoria police has prompted a formal investigation. Despite the agreement, police said they believe privacy laws prohibit law enforcement from "sharing sensitive information about players, coaches and officials" with the league. While a memorandum of understanding that was signed last September does indicate that "law enforcement data" can be handed over to the AFL, Inspector Richard Read said no such information has been exchanged under the agreement. Privacy Victoria Deputy Commissioner Anthony Bendall, meanwhile, announced his office had not been aware of the agreement, and met with police Thursday. Following that meeting, Victoria police announced they have launched an investigation into all such third-party agreements, Adelaide Now reports, and Federal Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is determining whether to launch his own investigation.
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