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Age gets injunction to stop police seizing computers

Thu 2011-Dec-15 @ +08 18:11:01 pm

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The Age in Melbourne has obtained an injunction to stop police seizing equipment, believed to include computers, reports the Herald-Sun newspaper owned by rival publishers News Ltd. Police confirmed the injunction was to “stop the removal of equipment”.

Police spent the morning behind closed doors with Mr Ramadge and The Age’s IT staff before searching the desks of reporters Nick McKenzie and Royce Millar.

The police raid comes a month after the News Ltd-owned Sunday Herald-Sun reported that state police had launched a criminal investigation into the alleged hacking. In April, the paper had reported that the Australian Labor Party had sought legal advice after its IT systems were allegedly accessed during last year’s state election via computers housed within The Age.

The Age has stoutly defended its actions and said its source, a whistleblower, had revealed that the Labor Party was collecting personal information about the public without their knowledge. The Age revealed in November last year that the database was being accessed by campaign workers.
» Herald-Sun report

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