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Data Retention Plan Will Be Targeted

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

April 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."
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