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AFP Pushes for Indefinite Data Retention

SURVEILLANCE—AUSTRALIA

February 21, 2013

Data retention and increased data-based communications continue to concern government officials charged with reforming National Security Legislation. Australian Federal Police (AFP) has indicated support for indefinite data retention. AFP National Manager for Hi-Tech Crime Operations Neil Gaughan said, “increased use of Internet-based communication…was stymieing police due to a lack of data needed for crime investigations." Simon Breheny writes for Freedom Watch that officials are overlooking an important privacy distinction between phone billing and data usage and that proposed data retention regimes require excessive collection and violate privacy. “The renewed push by the AFP shows how wary we should be when law enforcement agencies collude with government," he said.
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