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Police Return Journalist's iPad

PRIVACY LAW—QUEENSLAND

May 27, 2011

Queensland Police have returned a Fairfax journalist's iPad after retaining it last week, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Police arrested journalist Ben Grubbs after he wrote about a privacy flaw on Facebook. Police believed the iPad contained evidence of an alleged offence, raising questions about the protection of journalists' data. Terry O'Gorman, president of The Australian Council for Civil Liberties, said the iPad functions as a notebook, which would require a subpoena to obtain. "There's far too many of these seizures of iPads and iPhones by police," he said.
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