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Roxon: Retention Plan Worth Considering

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

September 6, 2012

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon recently indicated she may be open to a plan that would see telecos holding customers’ phone and Internet data for up to two years, noting that what’s important is “getting the balance right” between “providing proper protections for the community” and making sure “we’re not reaching too far into the private lives of Australians.” But privacy advocates and the Green Party say the plan puts consumers’ data at risk of misuse, and telcos say the plan will be costly. Meanwhile, Acting Victoria Privacy Commissioner Anthony Bendall says that while he does not support this plan, with the right safeguards in place he may support some form of data retention.
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