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Opinion: Government Policy Raises Concerns

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

March 21, 2013

Questions remain about the federal government’s proposed policy requiring the retention of all Internet user activity for a specified time, primarily for use by law enforcement. Discussing the privacy and security of this kind of potentially massive database, Matt Tett opines in CSO, “The higher the value of the target information, the more chance of a breach there will be.” While arguments can be made on either side of the policy, Tett cites a point attributed to Sir Tim Berners-Lee that “it would be a pure goldmine of sensitive, private information over an extended period of time--on every Internet user in Australia.”
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