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What’s really happening on national security laws

Mooted reforms to national security legislation need to be seen separately from the Syria/Iraq situation — and the process by which those reforms are overseen is important, too.

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Attorney-General’s moves fast on new telco security arrangements

The Attorney-General’s Department is pursuing a new security framework to bring telecommunications companies and ISPs under tighter government control. But it appears to be treading softly on data retention.

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AGD returns to data retention, wants Twitter, Facebook interception powers

The Attorney-General’s Department, chastened by its previous experience, wants to consult again on data retention — but also has Twitter and Facebook in its sights.

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Can’t handle the truth? On the front line in the Coalition’s war on scrutiny

The soldier heading “Operation Sovereign Borders” is indeed engaged in a political cover-up. Other bureaucrats aren’t quite so skilled. Crikey compares some key hearings in Canberra yesterday.

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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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Roxon revises history in whinge about intelligence committee

Nicola Roxon is engaging in self-serving revisionism in criticising Parliament’s intelligence committee. Her record of conduct tells a much different story.

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A-G FOI investigation: how data retention was derailed

The Attorney-General’s department was keen to rush data retention into law before the 2010 election. Their haste derailed it, new documents reveal, writes Bernard Keane.

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Revealed: Attorney-General’s drive for data retention law

The Attorney-General’s Department pushed hard for data retention the moment Labor was elected, according to new documents released to Crikey under freedom of information.

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AGD does it again: more changes to its data retention story

The Attorney-General’s Department has yet again changed its story on how it developed a proposal to store Australians’ internet and telecommunications data.

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Data retention net tightens on Attorney-General’s Department

The Attorney-General’s Department has admitted it did more on data retention than it claimed to a parliamentary committee.

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Yes we can: how surveillance was quietly stymied in Australia

There are some lessons from this week’s Australia’s national security inquiry, especially when we compare ourselves to the US and the UK. Secret plans for data retention came to nothing.

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National security inquiry declines to endorse data retention

A key review of proposal to strengthen national security laws has opted against recommending mandatory data retention, and suggested a strictly limited scheme if governments do consider one.

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Attorney-General’s Department: hiding a data retention gargoyle?

Questions continue to grow about the extent of the Attorney-General Department’s work on data retention, and whether it is hiding it from scrutiny. Is AGD quietly developing legislation on data retention?

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The greatest threat to our rights is the Attorney-General’s Department

The record of the Attorney-General’s Department shows that, on national security, the department is the greatest threat to Australians’ rights.

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The bureaucrats and the strange case of the vanishing meetings

Evidence to a Senate committee from Attorney-General’s officials about its data retention preparations sits poorly with what we already know.

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Revealed: Australian spies seek power to break into Tor

The Attorney-General’s Department has admitted data retention will be “trivially easy” to avoid and that intelligence services want to be able to break into encrypted internet systems like Tor.

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Cybersecurity awareness week: be aware you’re being lied to

It’s cybersecurity awareness week. So you should be aware that you’re being lied to about cybercrime, who’s behind it, and how your rights and freedoms are under threat.

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Data retention divergence as US, UK mull mass surveillance

The UK and US appear to have diverged on the issue of internet surveillance, and that has serious implications for the efforts of Australia’s security establishment to impose data retention.

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‘Banality of evil’: new documents lift the veil on data retention

New documents shed light on the enthusiasm of the Attorney-General’s Department to move forward with (and think large on) data retention, and the resistance it encountered from industry.

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Farewell to McClelland, a ministerial cipher for the security state

Robert McClelland’s time as attorney-general were lost years representing how Labor has been co-opted by the security establishment. Farewell.

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The tax office and the expensive muzzle on complainants

A special investigation finds the tax office is aggressively pushing aggrieved taxpayers into settlements to protect its own people. One investor tells Crikey he’s been ruined by fighting big firms hired by the ATO.

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Assembling the building blocks of global net regulation

It’s become clear that the Australian government is working to launch an international attack on online privacy.

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Data definitions in the spotlight as A-G dept fronts inquiry

There is still confusion about what data would be retained under the federal government’s highly contentious data retention proposals — and it arises from the government itself.

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Are the govt’s Assange redactions
unjustified?

New FOI documents on Julian Assange reveal little — except the breadth with which bureaucrats interpret FOI exemptions.

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Government unveils huge wishlist of new surveillance powers

A major parliamentary inquiry will examine government proposals to significantly extend surveillance powers — including to Twitter and other social media.

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