Despite its enormous cost, the metadata retention scheme wasn’t future-proof.
It is hard to know whether metadata retention has been effective or necessary. We can only hope that the debate over accessing and analysing encrypted services is a little more enlightening.
Evidence isn’t always as straightforward as it might first seem.
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Brain-zapping, the curious case of the n-rays and other stories of evidence.
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You've had an x-ray before but have you had an n-ray? Of course not, because they're not real. But people used to think they were. Today, on Trust Me, I'm an Expert, we're bringing you stories on the theme of evidence.
Are Australian police doing enough with the data they have?
Many Australians are unaware of current police and intelligence powers when it comes to accessing our data.
The Library of Congress is in Washington, D.C.
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. What does it mean that
the Library of Congress just released 25 million records to the public?
Politics podcast: Graeme Samuel on data governance.
Data Governance Australia chairman Graeme Samuel hopes that a self-regulatory code of conduct will raise the standards among data-driven organisations.
Your photos can tell law enforcement a lot about you.
Photos are full of information, from your location to phone model, and digital forensics can help extract it.
Then government’s new law enabling the collection of metadata raises serious privacy concerns.
Australia’s data retention law is one of the most comprehensive and intrusive data collection schemes in the Western world, and should be challenged.
Press freedom is being undermined by the global trend towards mass surveillance and data retention.
On World Press Freedom Day, we must deal with the threat data collection and surveillance poses to journalism.
Not all the data captured by Telstra on how you use its technology is considered ‘personal information’.
The Federal Court has narrowed the definition of what can be deemed "personal information" in any data stored about you.
The ABS promises it has the best of intentions, but many don’t trust it.
The backlash against the Census suggests the Australian Bureau of Statistics didn't do enough to convince Australians it needed to collect their private information or that it'd be kept safe.
It’s a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk.
As governments look to new ways to step up surveillance, hackers find new ways to subvert it. Is there a way to end this cat and mouse game, described as a crypto-war?
Each tweet that relays an emotion, opinion or idea joins millions of others.
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On Twitter's 10th birthday, we look at how researchers have used the platform for a range of studies, from predicting the next flu outbreak to identifying the happiest city in America.
By simulating cities from the "bottom-up", scientists can help us plan for the future.
Former ASIO head David Irvine saw data retention and metadata as effective counter-terror measures. But experience overseas is proving otherwise.
The value and utility of the NSA’s metadata retention programs – which formed the template for Australia's metadata regime – have too often been over-exaggerated.
The internet is complex, but the metadata laws may be even more so.
ISPs were supposed to start collecting our metadata today, but most are not ready due to the complexities of the legislation. Perhaps it's not too early for a review.
Would reporter Bob Woodward have been able to protect Deep Throat’s identity from today’s surveillance tools?
Four decades on, in a digital era of surveillance and data storage, Watergate remains a useful yardstick for assessing the value of source confidentiality.
A responsible media is cautious about what leaked information it will publish.
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If confidential sources can still be exposed by the government's new data retention legislation, why risk leaking anything to the media?
Mountains of data are being collected on you, and much of it is beyond your grasp.
Metadata is only the beginning. The Big Data trend means there's a lot more information about us out there that can be tracked or monitored.
Many of your online activities leave a digital trace that can reveal your identity.
Avoiding the metadata retention laws and sending messages entirely privately is harder than it might seem.
How safe is your metadata once it’s been collected and stored?
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The new legislation forcing telcos and internet companies to store your metadata for two years creates a new set of secuirty risks.