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Bill Would Increase Police Access to Phone Data

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

January 24, 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald reports privacy advocates are concerned about a plan to change surveillance laws. Currently, police can look at call, SMS and data use up until the date-of-disappearance in missing persons cases. But NSW Police support a federal bill that would allow police to access all records beyond that date, saying it needs access to real-time information to do its job. Privacy advocates fear such a change would allow police to monitor people without their knowledge and could lead to "gross invasions of privacy." They are calling for stricter access regulations. A senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs has recommended the Attorney General's Department review the bill for privacy issues.
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