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Australian Government shelves PRISM-like scheme

Ben Grubb
Sydney Morning Herald [1]
June 24, 2013

A controversial “data retention” scheme that would have required Australians’ internet and telephone activities to be stored for up to two years for law enforcement purposes has been shelved by the federal government after an inquiry that did not recommend the scheme go ahead.

The committee looking into the proposal – the most controversial among more than 40 others – as part of an inquiry into national security delivered its report on Monday.

After the report’s release, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the government would not pursue data retention legislation “at this time”.

The government would now await further advice from the relevant agencies and a comprehensive consultation before proceeding further, he said.

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