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.
The government can’t read your email, but it will be able to find out where you sent it to and from.
There are still unanswered questions about the data retention bill, but it's now too late to get answers before it is passed into law.
Journalists tackle the Prime minister Tony Abbott at a typical media conference at Parliament House in Canberra.
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The Abbott government's efforts to amend its data retention bill amid concerns about journalists protecting their sources is still a worry. And others should be concerned too, including MP.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is anxious to keep bipartisanship on national security.
Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten are both desperate, for their separate reasons, to get the metadata legislation cleared away this parliamentary fortnight rather than have it hanging until the budget session…
Is mass data retention the way to go or should authorities be forced to come back with a warrant to find what they want?
As the Australian government pushes on with its data retention bill there are still questions about what safeguards and protections are in place, and a look at similar moves that have failed overseas.
The metadata report disregards a range of reports demonstrating that retention is ineffective.
The endorsement of Australia's data retention bill raises questions about why the reforms are being pushed now, when they had been resisted by others for so long.
The language about metadata is often contradictory.
We should be wary of those who describe metadata as being both benign and powerful at the same time.
There are still unanswered questions about the government’s proposed metadata retention bill.
What the experts think of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report on the proposed metadata retention laws.
Regulators like ASIC are turning to metadata to help make their cases against white collar criminals.
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Businesses as well as individuals could soon see their metadata retained, making the data storage points even more attractive to criminals.
Who is Doug talking to, and will Australia’s proposed metadata retention scheme be able to find out?
The Australian government's meta data retention bill cares more about who you connect with than what services you may use. Yet many such online services may also be out of its reach.
Questions still to be answered on what metadata is to be kept from internet connections.
The metadata retention debate is heating up with Prime Minister Tony Abbott telling us the cost of not going ahead with compulsory retention of metadata will be incalculable and will represent a form of…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is pushing for greater metadata retention powers.
Tony Abbott will seek to shore up his case for the government’s controversial metadata legislation on Wednesday by highlighting…
Bill Shorten is in a difficult situation with national security legislation.
The national security debate, involving potentially life and death issues but heavily overlaid with politics by an embattled government, is tricky ground for the Labor opposition. Opposition leader Bill…
The Australian government’s proposed data retention bill may be obsolete before it even comes into force.
One of the many things that is troubling about the current Australian government’s metadata retention proposals is how rooted in the past they are, which could make them obsolete before they even come…
New AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin was forced to backtrack over comments suggesting metadata could be used to prevent online piracy.
People are more inclined to trust ASIO and the police than the government and communications companies to store personal…
George Brandis argues that it is the government’s duty to investigate and prevent serious crimes – and that metadata can help.
Metadata, previously a word limited to the tech-savvy, is now not only a hot topic of public discussion but the focus of new national security legislation. The public discussion seems split between two…
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlines his metadata plans.
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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has finally presented proposed legislation to the Australian Parliament regarding the Abbott Government’s plans for the retention of metadata. The proposed legislation…
Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis have unveiled the government’s proposed mandatory data retention scheme.
The government has introduced its third and most controversial tranche of legislation to strengthen Australia’s national…