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Nations Look To Retain Data for One Year

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA & U.S.

February 22, 2011

Talks between the U.S. and Australia could result in Internet search providers (ISPs) retaining data on users for one year. The talks, slated for July, aim to align data retention periods between the two countries and Europe, ZDNet reports. Though some European nations suggest retaining data for five years--an idea being considered by the European Convention on Cybercrime--both the U.S. and Australia believe that's too long, according to Australia Attorney General Robert McClelland. McClelland added that governments have a "strong obligation" to balance the scope of data retention and law enforcement needs for data to solve crimes.
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