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Opinion: Data Retention Plan Wide Open to Abuse

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

November 9, 2010

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) says the government's proposal for a new data retention plan aims to maintain the status quo, which AFP assistant commissioner Neil Gaughan says is problematic, as illustrated by the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman's recent report findings. The report, released last week, found continued disagreement on data storage requirements between government agencies and telecommunications carriers, "compounded by a lack of record keeping." In a ZDNet editorial, Josh Taylor writes that the system would be wide open to abuse and that the possibility exists that the plan would give police "unprecedented and undocumented access to every move we make online." Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has also expressed concern.
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