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AP: Australia Seeks to Ban Doxing After Hundreds of Jews Have Their Personal Info Exposed

While many celebrate this effort given the rise of antisemitic incidents in Australia, it's unclear how much the government can enforce such a law.

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The Australian government announced today (Tuesday) that it would be moving to pass laws outlawing the practice of doxing - the malicious, unpermitted spread of personal information online - after hundreds of Jews had their personal info exposed, according to a report by AP.

The laws, which have not yet been drafted, are reported to be based on formal take-down notices to social media companies and fines for non-compliance. One expert speaking to AP questioned whether it would be possible to enforce such a law without additional resources.

Australian and New Zealand Jewish news agency J-Wire reports that the Executive Council of Australian Jewry welcomed the government’s plan to make doxing a crime, saying “we look forward to working with the government to ensure...that the new laws effectively protect Australians from this shameful and dangerous practice,” council president Daniel Aghion said.

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