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Berners-Lee Criticises Proposed Data Retention Plan

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

January 31, 2013

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee denounced proposed government legislation that would have Internet service providers store customers’ information for up to two years in an effort to fight crime. Berners-Lee acknowledged the importance of aiding law enforcement but stated that the retention of such data would result in Australians being trapped by their own information. He further likened that amount of data to “a time bomb” and questioned who would watch the watchers.
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