The White House opposes efforts by the House to change the Protect America Act (which expires in February 2008) and tighten restrictions on when wiretaps can be obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It lays out its case in this fact sheet.
The White House asserts that the House bill (H.R. 3773) would restrict overseas wiretap authority, impose burdensome oversight requirements, and generally impede intelligence collection.
Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.