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Australia Delays Internet Security Plan

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

August 16, 2012

The Australian government has tabled an initiative that would have stored the web history of Australians for up to two years, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has referred a discussion paper on the expanded governmental surveillance powers to a parliamentary committee, which will stall the plans until after the next election. Roxon recently said she’s not yet convinced the data protection proposals have merit. Supporters of the reforms are concerned with the delay, with one security official saying the reforms “are urgently needed to deal with a rapidly evolving security environment.”
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