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Database Raises Advocates' Concerns

PERSONAL PRIVACY—VICTORIA

November 25, 2010

AAP reports that Victoria's major political parties have compiled "vast dossiers of personal information on voters," raising concerns among privacy advocates. News reports state the database includes personal information on tens of thousands of Victorians, including health and financial data. Political parties are exempt from privacy laws that might prevent other entities from collecting similar data, the report states. "If a state or federal department or a business with turnover of $3 million or more did that, they would be in breach of either the state or federal privacy acts," said Michael Pearce of Liberty Victoria.
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