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Senator: Online Privacy Report Needs More Time

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

September 9, 2010

Greens Sen. Scott Ludlam will propose that a senate inquiry report into data retention and online privacy be delayed when parliament next sits, CIO reports. Ludlam, who proposed the inquiry in June and aimed to have a report prepared by October 20, now says the study on the adequacy of Australians' online protection will require more time. The study will look at topics including privacy and data protection on social networking sites and companies' and government agencies' data collection practices. "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," Ludlam said. Meanwhile, the Australian Federal Police this week backed a proposal for a controversial data retention scheme.
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