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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Big Australian yawn to US monitoring international bank transactions

No sign of any interest from the Australian Government - simply no mention on the Federal Privacy Commissioner's website - but elsewhere there has been some follow up on the reports a couple of weeks ago (see our link) about US authorities allegedly improperly accessing information about international bank transactions processed by the Belgian based SWIFT financial cooperative. Australia's banks use the system for international transactions along with thousands of others.

The European Parliament has passed a resolution wanting to know what's been going on and the Canadian Privacy Commissioner is examining whether Canadian financial records have been accessed by the US without authorisation.

Australia relaxed and comfortable as usual?

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