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PRISM surveillance program beyond scope of privacy commissioner

James Hutchinson (via AFR) | June 13, 2013
Last week revelations of an unprecedented surveillance program by the National Security Agency in the US had "raised a number of questions, including what this means for the privacy of individuals".

"All Australians would be concerned at the potential for their privacy to be invaded through what other countries are doing, where Australians' personal data is being stored offshore, be that in big servers somewhere in the world.

"What we wish for, and what certainly the government is going to assist on, is that there be a rule of law and proper checks and balances everywhere in the world and that is what the battle is going to be about."

The technology companies allegedly involved in information collection have denied giving authorities "direct access" to their servers, and begun lobbying the US Government to allow them to reveal more information about their involvement in surveillance programs.

 

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