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Daily Dashboard | Telcos share web browsing histories with police Related reading: Emerging trends in fintech privacy: 5 key areas to watch in 2024



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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