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Australia's Privacy Boss Slams Gov't Data-Retention Scheme 82

Posted by timothy
from the here-we've-got-czars-instead-of-bosses dept.
mask.of.sanity writes "The Australian Government's privacy commissioner has slammed its plans to implement a data retention scheme, in which it would ask telcos and internet providers to store the browsing and calling logs of Australian subscribers. He said the scheme would put user privacy in jeopardy because data will lie around at the behest of law enforcement. The Aussie scheme would be based on that which exists in Europe under the EU Directive. The directive aims to give law enforcement authorities the ability to ascertain the identity of a person using a public network to communicate by mobile, fixed line, email, or internet. The directive defines 'data' to be collected as 'traffic data and location data and the related data necessary to identify the subscriber or user.'"
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Australia's Privacy Boss Slams Gov't Data-Retention Scheme

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  • by atomicstrawberry (955148) on Friday October 29, 2010 @02:15AM (#34059900)

    ... which is to say record labels and motion picture companies.

  • by CuteSteveJobs (1343851) on Friday October 29, 2010 @04:37AM (#34060414)
    Aussie PM Julia Gillard is Kevin Rudd's successor. She supports the filter, but put plans on hold for the election. Now the election is over and she's back, complete with a reappointed Stephen Conroy as Minister for Communications.

    Gillard really should have lost the election, but the right-wing opposition party was lead by Tony Abbott; a pro-business anti-worker fundamentalist misogynist racist buffoon firmly in the pockets of big business and the tobacco industry, but an economic ignorance that was laughable. Every time Abbott opened his mouth he drove voters away. Like Palin in America, when a right-wing party is out of office they get captured by the crazies and swing further to the right thinking that will win them more voters. Of course it doesn't, and Abbott lost.

    And so Gillard won by default... and now the filter is back. You would think the opposition would kick out Abbott and put in someone more centrist, but they refuse to admit they made a mistake and they're clinging on to him. Meanwhile the censorship regime rolls on. Both parties are pro-censorship. What are we to do?
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/gillard-ushers-in-the-era-of-farce/story-e6frfhqf-1225896276726 [heraldsun.com.au]

  • The rise of Squid? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by eric31415927 (861917) on Friday October 29, 2010 @07:47AM (#34061052)

    We have a similar law in Canada, whereby law enforcement can review a person's web browsing (and email?) for up to two years.

    I see a business model for selling anonymous web browsing via proxy servers.
    Commercial proxy servers already exist to get around Hulu barriers and the like.
    If such servers market themselves as "anonymous," they should find more paying customers.

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