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Daily Dashboard | Telcos share web browsing histories with police Related reading: Federal data privacy regulation is on the way — That’s a good thing

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Some telecommunications companies are providing Australian law enforcement with the web browsing histories of people under investigation, the Guardian reports. The country’s data retention legislation calls for telecommunications companies to retain information for two years for law enforcement access in investigations. But Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe said URLs are excluded from the legislation and there is “greyness” in the language that needs to be clarified. “Sometimes the metadata in the way it is captured, particularly URL data … in its granularity starts to communicate something about the content of what is being communicated,” Manthorpe told a parliamentary committee.
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