Apr 092011
 April 9, 2011  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

Nicky Phillips reports:

The federal government should justify why mandatory collection and retention of personal data is necessary for law enforcement, a senate report into online privacy has found.

An analysis of the costs, benefits and risks should be conducted before the government pursues its proposed data retention scheme, the report stated.

”We have sent a rocket back to the Attorney-General’s office saying don’t proceed any further until you’ve done your basic homework,” said the Greens Senator Scott Ludlum, a member of the senate committee.

Read more in The Age. It sounds like these legislators are looking at – and asking – some of the same questions that American privacy advocates are raising.

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