The rush to grant more surveillance powers doesn't reflect what actually keeps us safe.
Will your personal details get caught in the surveillance trawl net?
Legislation proposed in both the US and the UK suggest an aggressive path toward entrenching surveillance powers at the cost of citizens’ privacy.
The Investigatory Powers Bill would require ISPs to store 12 months of our web browsing history – a year-long snapshot of our thoughts, fears, interests and behaviour.
The Investigatory Powers Bill raises plenty of questions. Here are the answers.
Under the new bill spooks needn’t listen in, they can catch up with up to a year’s stored data.
The snooper's charter is here, and it's as bad as expected. Here's three problems that need fixing.
This man won’t keep you safe.
James Bond and his ilk are out-dated. Better understanding and sharing of data will save more lives than spies.
Unwarranted mass surveillance will shift the balance of power in favour of the spies - and that might not be good for us.
Fifty years after Wilson’s edict, who’s listening now?
The convention that protects MPs was dealt a blow, but MPs minds may be swayed on what privacy against surveillance the law affords the rest of us.
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.
As Wikileaks reveals yet more details of the astonishing extent of GCHQ mass surveillance, where is the proof that bulk data collection even works?
Police in NSW will soon be equipped with body cameras – as will their counterparts on Queensland’s Gold Coast in domestic violence incidents.
Police-worn body cameras could be a helpful tool for law enforcement in cases involving domestic violence. But they could also have unintended consequences.
A police helicopter and a police drone fly over a street march in Baltimore, Maryland, following the April 2015 death in custody of young black man Freddie Gray.
The use of drones by authorities has increased around the globe. In the US, drones have been used not only for police surveillance and in operations, but also to patrol its southern borders.
Courts uphold laws on human rights online in the face of poorly drafted, draconian laws.
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Government could be forced to repeal DRIPA surveillance legislation after court ruling.
A massive military exercise is slated to begin this week throughout the southwestern United States, and last for the duration of the summer.
Polls show Americans have become less trusting and more suspicious.
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.
Nothing sinister, just taking a quick peek.
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An independent review recommends greater transparency but ultimately concludes surveillance can continue.
The NSA has eyes and ears around the globe.
US intelligence agencies can no longer collect and store the telecommunications data of US citizens but other countries are strengthening their efforts.
Nothing of what William’s subjects had in life escaped the Domesday Book. Today, more covertly, those in power are using mass surveillance to collect all the digital details of our lives.
Almost 1000 years after their ruler demanded every detail of serfs' lives, the digital age and mass surveillance are creating a new and undemocratic imbalance between citizens and those with power over them.
Exasperating both the White House and the Republican leadership
The expiry at midnight, Sunday of three key provisions of the Patriot Act has thrown Washington into turmoil and halted surveillance programs – a panel of scholars gives their verdicts.
“I’m looking forward to the day all this needle-hunting is computerised, to be honest.”
The UK and other governments seem set on the idea that finding needles can be made easier by radically increasing the size of the haystack.