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Senate: Analysis Needed Before Data Retention Plan

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

April 7, 2011

An Australian Senate committee has completed its investigation into the adequacy of online privacy protections and is recommending that before adopting any plan to require ISPs to retain data on users, a cost-benefit analysis showing why law enforcement needs such information be completed. The committee is also calling for expanded powers for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, ZDNet reports. The committee's findings include that the data retention proposal "has very serious privacy implications" and that it is likely that "it is unnecessary, will not provide sufficient benefit to law enforcement agencies and is disproportionate to the end sought to be achieved."
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