Data Retention Plan Will Be Targeted
PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIAApril 1, 2011
In the wake of privacy concerns being raised about plans to accede to the European Convention on Cybercrime, the attorney-general has announced that ISPs would only be required to retain data for targeted individuals being investigated for serious crimes. ZDNet reports on a statement by Catherine Smith of the Attorney-General's Department to a joint standing committee on treaties that contradicts concerns raised last year that the convention would require ISPs to store details on all users. "It is a targeted preservation of a person's data," Smith said, noting the retention of all communications on ISP networks "is a very different issue...And we're not talking about that at this stage."