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Shroff & Pilgrim: Vigilance Necessary

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

July 15, 2011

In the wake of Britain's News of the World phone hacking scandal, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is urging citizens to be vigilant about protecting their personal information, Canberra Times reports. "I strongly encourage people to make sure that they are vigilant in changing their voicemail passwords regularly to reduce the likelihood that their voicemail can be accessed," Pilgrim said. A spokesman for Attorney-General Robert McClelland said that voicemail hacking can be punishable by up to two years' incarceration, adding, "Australia has robust laws in place to protect the privacy of users of the telecommunications system." New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff suggests mobile phone users use high-quality passwords, according to a Radio New Zealand report.
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