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Police Back Data Retention Proposal

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

September 7, 2010

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has backed a proposal for a controversial data retention scheme that aims to catch cybercriminals, ZDNet reports. Like the EU Data Retention Directive, the plan would require telecommunications providers to retain information about customers' phone calls and e-mails and may also include a requirement that they retain a record of Web sites visited. A spokesman from the AFP said police currently have the ability to lawfully obtain the information they seek, but the practice is dependent on how long service providers retain the data. "The government will ultimately make a decision in where they stand in relation to privacy and where they stand in relation to what they want," he said.
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