Metadata access has serious implications for Australia’s diminishing press freedom and whistleblower protections.
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Australia still uses a law from 1979 to govern metadata, with more than 100 amendments. This leaves loopholes that various agencies can exploit and dodge safeguards.
Interviews from a range of sensitive research topics may be at risk. These include immigration, crime and corruption.
Australia's metadata laws offer weak protection to journalists, but they don’t offer any to academics conducting confidential interviews.
A range of laws allow Australian agencies such as local governments to peer over security agencies’ shoulder at your personal data.
Under controversial national security laws, parts of your mobile phone data is accessible by federal police and counterterrorism agencies. But in reality dozens of other organisations can access it too.
Although WhatsApp is described as en encrypted messaging service, it’s not as secure as you might think.
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Facebook seems to be shifting its focus more towards privacy. But this might have some unexpected repercussions, as highlighted by recent research on the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp.
We need a cyber safety equivalent to the Slip! Slop! Slap! campaign to nudge behavioural change in the community.
If the next government is serious about protecting Australian businesses and families, here are seven concrete actions it should take immediately upon taking office.
New legislation allows Australian government agencies to access encrypted WhatsApp messages.
The government can access your phone metadata, drivers licence photo and much more. And new research shows Australians are OK about it. But that might change.
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.