Announcements last week by Attorney General Nicola Roxon that improvements would be made to privacy laws and national security legislation would be updated "run headlong into each other," opines Richard Ackland for The Sydney Morning Herald. Telecoms could be required to store computer, phone and tablet data for up to two years and permit police access. Ackland asks, "How secure would this retained data be? Would it be beyond hacking? Would it extend to e-mails and photos uploaded to social media sites? Why should government want to collect information about citizens who are suspected of nothing?" He adds, in a digital world, the right to be forgotten is unachievable.
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