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Roxon: Public Would Have Say in Legislative Amendments

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

May 4, 2012

The Australian government will seek public input on potential legislative reforms that could require telecommunications companies to retain communications data, ZDNet reports. The government wants to reform national security legislation, and a parliamentary committee is exploring whether amending the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to include retention terms could help investigators. Attorney General Nicola Roxon said this week that "the Gillard government wants to give the public a say in the development of any new laws, adding, "National security legislation is important, but also important is the trust and confidence that Australians have in those laws."
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