Maybe these people should *insert search engine of choice* the Streisand effect...
Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection has written to a journalist requesting the return of documents downloaded from the Internet. The request stems from the freelance journalist, Asher Wolf, discovering that the department's publication of asylum seeker statistics contained fields, not visible to a casual …
How do they know they got the same bits back?
Surely they'd be yet another copy?
Don't forget digital photographs
Always destroy the negatives.
Operation Sovereign Website
This is easily fixed ... put some ADFA cadet in charge of the website, then refuse to publish any information on the grounds it would compromise military operations.
What if he sends them...
A picture of a spider?
@ unwarranted triumphalism -- Re: What if he sends them...
Now if we citizens could just need to double the number of people in the world who work/think like that, then we'd have government bureaucracies eating out out laps--the tables would be turned.
Returning the data?
Everyone should know the answer to this one.
Just reverse the polarity.
(After all, it always works in the movies!)
Re: Too easy
The door swings both ways?
this is not a stupid request for bits to be returned in the IT sense. That poor clerk is a victim of decades of efficiency dividends. # AKA salami slicing to the yank managerial/HR droids. What is being asked for is a few USB sticks as DIMIA/DIAC/whatever its called this government is so broke they can't buy office supplies. Look for suits stealing biros in cafes, hotels and conferences. Oh, they do that anyway ?
Would it be acceptable ....
... if the documents were returned as an email attachment; or would they require hard copy printouts via the postal service?
Re: Would it be acceptable ....
If you "returned" one hard copy through the mail every day, at what point would they ask you to stop, I wonder?
It's like déjà vu all over again
If that doesn't work, they could send someone over to destroy the hard drives.
Re: It's like déjà vu all over again
SOME hard drives, certainly.