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Australian Gov't Considers Joining Merkel's Agreement

SURVEILLANCE—AUSTRALIA

July 25, 2013

The Australian government is considering participating in a global data protection agreement put forward by German Chancellor Angela Merkel following revelations of the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program, ZDNet reports. A spokesperson for Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the government supported “protection of communications and personal information held by private- and public-sector organisations,” but noted a balance needs to be struck between citizens’ privacy and national security. Meanwhile, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus says there is no link between the NSA revelations and Australia’s push for a mandatory data retention regime.
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