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Your phone’s just sitting there, innocently…. Tabletop image via www.shutterstock.com.

Your devices' latest feature? They can spy on your every move

Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws.
Some people are concerned by the presence of drones in the air above them. Shutterstock

Police drones: can we trust the eyes in the skies?

Drones are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies around the world, but this raises some issues around privacy and regulation.
Western governments are threatening to undermine the encryption that keeps our online communications private. Shutterstock

Governments undermining encryption will do more harm than good

An open letter signed by security experts from around the world is calling on governments to protect encryption rather than undermine it in a quixotic attempt to tackle terrorism.
Former ASIO head David Irvine saw data retention and metadata as effective counter-terror measures. But experience overseas is proving otherwise. Lukas Coch/AAP

The security benefits of warrantless surveillance are as clear as mud

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.

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