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Expert: Changes in Terms Could Lead to More Gov’t Monitoring

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 30, 2012

The Age reports on an expert's warnings that the "loosening" of websites' terms and conditions could increase the potential for government surveillance. Web companies replacing phrases such as "court order" with "government request," for example, could lead to fishing expeditions, warns David Vaile of the UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre. "The whole point of obtaining a court order or search warrant is that it's a very intrusive power and something that is necessary in some circumstances but shouldn't be available on an open-ended basis," he said, adding, "The danger is that without that restraint, it becomes something that is routine."
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