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EFA: Privacy Act May Conflict with Convention Adherence

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

March 25, 2011

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has warned that Australia's privacy legislation may be at odds with government plans to adhere to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, IT News reports. The concerns come in response to the attorney general's call for submissions on the plan. The EFA is concerned about a convention provision requiring member countries to retain data for up to 90 days. To avoid conflicting regulations, the Australian government considered amending the country's data retention law, but an EFA spokesman said that could put citizens' data at risk for hacking and could have a "corrosive effect on Australians' faith and trust in government." Others say adhering to the convention would help address the public's trust.

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