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Officials Disagree Over Privacy, Security Balance


May 30, 2013

Greens Sen. Scott Ludlam and Opposition Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis are not seeing eye-to-eye on the balance between security and privacy laws, COMPUTERWORLD reports. While Ludlam has said privacy laws are not keeping up with expanded surveillance powers in a post-9/11 world, Brandis has called such concerns “inflated,” the report states. Brandis is calling for more public awareness of such security dangers as cyber-attacks, while Ludlam said Parliament has “rapidly” updated surveillance laws while “privacy laws are still stuck in the mid-1990s.” Ludlam cited warrantless requests for metadata, noting, “Dozens of government agencies are vacuuming this material up, and there’s really no judicial oversight whatsoever.”
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