The Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 has passed the Australian Senate, ZDNet reports. The bill amends the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987, the Criminal Code Act 1995, the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 and the Telecommunications Act 1997 and has incited concern among Internet service providers about their new data retention responsibilities. The bill was amended before its passage to include privacy protections at the recommendation of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety. Australia now joins the 34 nations who’ve acceded to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, the report states.
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