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Gov’t Says Access To Data Is Critical

PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 12, 2012

The federal government says it’s important it has access to Australians’ Internet and phone records, AAP reports. Under new proposals being considered by a parliamentary committee, data would be retained for up to two years and government agencies would be given increased access to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury said it’s important to national security that the government have access, adding, “of course, there is always going to be an important need for us to balance that against the protection of the privacy of the individual.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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