In an interview with ABC News, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Associate Dean of Mathematical Studies Asha Rao said Australia should adopt new laws to ban companies from collecting “unnecessary” data. Additionally, she called for companies that mishandle customers’ data to be punished with “severe penalties” on the level of discipline for money laundering and terrorism financing. “It's what we call data retention, and function creep,” Rao said. “They are collecting data that they have absolutely no need to collect."
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