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Incoming Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher thinks there should be better public consultation when it comes to data retention. That's according to a report in ZDNet Australia on Asher's views as he prepares to take up his new role at a time when the Attorney-General's Department is considering implementing a data retention plan where ISPs would be responsible for logging users' Web histories. Asher, who is the former CEO of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, said, "The job of the ombudsman is to keep (government departments) honest across our jurisdiction," noting that any complaints relating to the collection and handling of personal data by a government department would fall under his jurisdiction.
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