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Gov't Revisits Data Retention Regime

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

July 29, 2011

The federal government is considering data retention legislation that would require Internet service providers to keep records of all subscribers for use by law enforcement officials. Spurred by the European Data Protection Directive, the changes would expand the ability of government agencies to gather, retain and examine the public and private information of citizens, The Australian reports. The committee reviewing the proposal will conduct a cost-benefit and risk analysis, analyse privacy concerns and address the expenses faced by service providers. One senior industry figure said the changes could cost providers "hundreds of millions of dollars," but according to the Internet Industry Association, the industry is "willing and eager" to work with the government on the issue.    
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