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Reverse Directory Web Site Under Investigation

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

December 23, 2010

Privacy experts are investigating a new Web site that allows people to look up the names and addresses attached to landline and mobile phone numbers to determine whether it breaks any privacy or communications laws, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) claims the site breaks the Telecommunications Act, but the U.S. developer disagrees and has plans to release a smartphone app in the coming months. David Vaile of UNSW's Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre and vice-chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation says the service carries potential criminal risks and has concerns about the requirement that database users log in with their Facebook account information.
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