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Inquiry Finds Strong Opposition to Retention Reform

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

August 30, 2012

A parliamentary inquiry has revealed strong opposition to the government’s proposed data retention reforms, itnews reports. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security published 177 public submissions representing thousands of individuals and organisations, and the report states not many were in support of the proposals. In support, the NSW government said, “Fundamental reform is…required, not to increase powers, but to ensure that existing powers are not rendered completely ineffective.”  Meanwhile, Victoria’s acting privacy commissioner said the proposed reforms are “characteristic of a police state,” while others have claimed the move is an “Orwellian intrusion.”
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