US law raises privacy worries

“THE South Australian Government has promised to review the access of US outsourcer EDS to information on citizens in the wake of a Canadian government report finding a “reasonable possibility” of unathorised disclosure by US outsourcers to US government agencies.

A spokesman for Administrative Services Minister Michael Wright, who oversees the EDS whole-of-government outsourcing contract, said the the Government was “taking the issue seriously”.

The Canadian report [full text (PDF) here] finds the US anti-terrorist law, the Patriot Act, could allow US agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation to access personal data stored by US contractors overseas [...]”

SOURCE: AustralianIT

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