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Stallman: Data Retention is Threat to Freedom

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

September 23, 2010

GNU founder and free software activist Richard Stallman spoke at the World Computer Congress in Brisbane on Tuesday, outlining issues he views as threats to IT users' freedom, reports IT News. In his keynote speech, Stallman criticized the Attorney General's plan to require telcos and ISPs to store browsing and call logs, saying that it is "never too early to debate the question of whether the government should watch all of us." Stallman also deemed surveillance, censorship, restrictive data formats and software-as-a-service barriers to IT users' freedom.
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