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Gov't To Consider Telecom Reforms

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

May 11, 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon's announcement last week that the Australian government will seek public input on legislative reforms that could require telecommunications companies to retain data for "up to two years for parts of a data set." A parliamentary committee will soon review the proposal, which could include requirements for telecoms to store web browsing histories as well. Greens spokesman Scott Ludlam said he doesn't support the proposal, likening it to the postal service opening every mailed envelope, making a photocopy and putting it in a file cabinet "just in case you turned out to be a terrorist down the track."
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