Expert: Australian Data Is Subject to USA PATRIOT Act
PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA & U.S.January 27, 2012
A legal expert is warning that data located in Australia but owned or handled by a U.S. company could be accessed under the USA PATRIOT Act, even if it violates National Privacy Principles, Computerworld reports. Attorney Connie Carnabuci says U.S. authorities have the ability to access data stored outside of the U.S. if they can establish a sufficient connection with the U.S and that though a formal subpoena process is in place, an informal request for information would allow for some disclosures. However, companies may have the option of requesting an exemption in some cases, Carnabuci says.