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    Brisbane Times (Australia): Atkinson to ask privacy commissioner not to cut access to Go Cards

    The Brisbane Times reports on a controversy in Australia about police access to “Go Cards,” public transportation records.

    Queensland Police will appeal to the state’s privacy commissioner not to sever their access to Brisbane commuters’ movements recorded on Go Cards. […] revealed last week police were tapping into commuters’ Go Card records to not only pinpoint the movements of criminal suspects but also potential witnesses.

    Public concern led the state’s new privacy commissioner, Linda Matthews, to announce on Friday she would head an investigation to ensure proper safeguards were in place surrounding personal information on Go Cards.

    Police have applied to TransLink for access to Go Card records 46 times. None of the applications were rejected under an exemption to the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Chapter 29). [.statement on Friday.

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