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Figures Reveal Agency Access During Investigations

SURVEILLANCE—AUSTRALIA

February 24, 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on figures released by the Attorney-General's Department revealing that state and federal agencies accessed telecommunications data and Internet logs more than 250,000 times during investigations in 2010-2011. According to the report, warrants were not needed to access the data--including phone and Internet account information, call details, location data and visited IP addresses. "There should be a higher standard of proof," said Sen. Scott Ludlam, "or a higher standard of cause needing to be shown, to track down your every location through your life than there is for reading your e-mail."
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