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The five data retention lies you were told yesterday

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was unaccompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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Albo finally weighs into press freedom — but it’s more complicated than you think

The debate over jailing journalists who reveal ASIO’s covert operations is welcome but missing some context — and it’s not the biggest threat to media freedom on the agenda.

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Plastic sword the least of ASIO’s bungles in ‘terror raid’

Is ASIO willing to let innocent people suffer in order to secure more draconian powers? Or is it just incompetent?

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Tips and rumours

ASIO spends up big on a book … News Corp papers — are they junk? … we found the missing bins …

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My lunch with George: Keane and Brandis’ freedom ride

It’s all about freedom, George Brandis insists, as he goes about establishing ever more stringent security laws.

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How News Corp’s pursuit of ASIO made life harder for journalists

Once upon a time News Corp was not an unquestioning cheerleader for the government. And its overreach led to the current overly restrictive national security legislation, explains lawyer and former government adviser Marcus Priest.

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Stay calm on terror laws — the worst is yet to come

The national security laws passed last night have problems — but they’re not the huge threat some have made them out to be. That threat is coming, and hysteria now won’t help to fight it.

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Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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Time to codify, not just extend, national security powers

If our security agencies always act within the law, codification of their extensive surveillance powers shouldn’t be a threat to them.

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Why Australians can fight for the IDF, but not the Islamic State: ASIO chief explains

ASIO boss David Irvine has tried to explain how and why Australians join foreign armies, and allay concerns about the Coalition’s proposed anti-terrorism laws. But given its murky past, ASIO’s reassurances should be taken with a grain of salt, writes freelance journalist Andrea Glioti

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Budget emergency needs to be addressed

Crikey readers talk metadata and the budget emergency.

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IGIS, media flag concerns about national security reforms

Both the intelligence agency monitor and major media organisations have flagged concerns about the first set of national security reforms brought forward by the government.

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Watch out that selfie: when private moments can destroy your career

Advances in technology and our increased online activities are enabling employers to more easily scrutinise our private lives — with dire consequences, write Giri Sivaraman and Kate Luckman.

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Where’s the justification for the sudden rush for spy powers?

The government has suddenly lurched forward on national security with a huge package of reforms that strengthen our worst anti-terrorism laws without justification.

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Crikey Clarifier: data retention — what it is and why it’s bad

It’s time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

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Brandis’ national security bill a concern for whistleblowers, journalists

The government’s national security reform bill sticks closely to what was promised, but there are some concerns that a parliamentary committee will need to tackle.

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Guess who will spy on the G20 (hint: not hactivists)?

David Irvine is warning G20 participants that “hacktivists” could target them. But there is an organisation far, far more likely to target the G20 …

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Government reveals first national security reforms

ASIO is set to expand its powers under new national security legislation reforms to be unveiled by the government in July.

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What ASIO might know about you — and how to find out for sure

Some well-known Australians have cracked open their ASIO files — and found a curious mixture of the amateurish and the chilling. Does ASIO have a file on you?

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Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

The whistleblower in the East Timor spying case tried to use internal mechanisms to raise concerns, and was ignored. They’re now under fire for going public. Well, what were they supposed to do?

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The war on whistleblowers — it’s come to Australia

The tactics of the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers and journalists have now been openly deployed in Australia. The Coalition government is on the attack.

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Brandis’ staffing coup points to ‘national security focus’

George Brandis has secured the services of former ambassador and ASIO chief, Paul Sullivan, raising interesting questions about the new Attorney-General’s approach to national security.

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Crikey Clarifier: Australia’s counter-terrorism legal landscape

With the UK examining its counter-terrorism laws, freelance jouranlist Farz Edraki asks: are Australia’s counter-terrorism laws too restrictive and in need of reform?

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