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Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

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Committee lashes out at lack of a key national security role

The powerful parliamentary intelligence committee has expressed its displeasure at the ongoing lack of a key security role within government.

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Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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Essential: voters don’t trust companies on data retention

Voters don’t trust communications companies to store their metadata safely, today’s Essential Report reveals, and they don’t back the AFP using it to go after downloaders.

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Big business bludging, by the numbers

Crikey readers have their say on the Melbourne Cup, multinational tax dodging and other issues of the day.

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Dear George, this is how you can fix your mass surveillance program

The risks in the government’s data retention bill could be substantially reduced if the government and security agencies were willing to accept some limitations.

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Think you can’t learn much from metadata? Guess this film plot and think again

The government makes the collection of metadata sound innocuous — but technology consultant and Crikey’s own Department of Australia Leslie Nassar shows otherwise.

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Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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The five data retention lies you were told

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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Don’t go looking to Labor for opposition on data retention

Crikey users have their say on national security and the ABC debate.

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Data retention bill reveals a rushed, shambolic national security process

The rushed, confused way in which major national security laws are made in Australia was on display this morning in Canberra.

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Government unveils mass surveillance proposal

The government has finally unveiled its data retention regime — except, critical questions remain unanswered.

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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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Video: Greens target ALP over data retention

Mandatory data retention is set to be included in the next round of security legislation — and the Greens will be fighting it every step of the way.

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On a post-Islamic State future

Crikey readers discuss Islamic State, surveillance and other issues of the day.

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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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There’s more to Islam than the Koran

Crikey readers have their say on the media’s portrayal of Islam and other issues of the day.

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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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Who can access your metadata?

A huge array of agencies can obtain your metadata — but the recent spike in access requests is largely thanks to a handful of police forces.

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Get a warrant: why more oversight is central to national security reform

A proposal to require more external oversight of intelligence agencies as their powers are extended goes to the heart of the debate about more anti-terrorism laws.

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What about the workers forced to go ‘off the books’?

Crikey readers share their thoughts on data retention and fair payment of hospitality workers.

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Don’t listen to Bernard Keane: in defence of data retention

Should you be worried about the government’s data retention scheme? Alastair MacGibbon, director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra and security general manager for Dimension Data Australia, explains why not.

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Maybe Saddam was better

Crikey readers talk data retention, coal seam gas, Iraq and what we should call the Islamist militants in Iraq.

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Essential: Australians reject data retention, Abbott gains ground on Shorten

The latest Essential Report shows the only segment of the community that supports data retention is the one that uses IT least, and Tony Abbott records his best approval rating since April.

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Surveillance advocates hit us with their best shot

The advocates for data retention have now had an opportunity to put their case, and they’ve failed to offer anything credible.

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