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Taxation Office Seeks Privacy Guidelines Exemption

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 29, 2011

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) wants to be permanently exempt from privacy regulations requiring the department to delete certain non-matched data within a "practicable" deadline, The Australian reports. The ATO uses automated systems for its data-matching operations to protect against tax fraud and to help other agencies with their investigations. According to the report, the ATO wants guidelines removed that determine the length of time it retains specific investment data of individuals. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says he will review the guidelines "to ensure they reflect current practices."
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