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Committee recommends data retention, with some half-baked protections

A key committee has waved through the biggest mass surveillance scheme in Australia history.

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How to get around Brandis’ data retention plans

Crikey readers discuss Queensland geography and encryption.

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Razer: why you, yes YOU, should care about data retention

You’ve done nothing wrong, you say? Bollocks, says Helen Razer. George Brandis wants to throw you in jail.

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Why getting rid of the census is a bad idea

Crikey readers have their say on the census, drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia and other issues of the day.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: does watching American Pie make you a consumer of child porn?

The definition of “child pornography”, like the definition of “metadata” seems very elastic. And the government’s new data retention proposals will ensnare devotees of The Simpsons, not child rapists.

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False census of security: governments already know too much about us

Censuses only worsen the information asymmetry between governments and citizens. Getting rid of them is a good idea.

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Abbott lies about data retention while the media cuts and pastes

Tony Abbott has raised the data retention debate to a new height of hysteria, and the media is failing to protect itself.

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Essential: voters split on Abbott ouster, but don’t think he’ll last

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will make it to the next election, and many want him removed forthwith, today’s Essential Report polling shows.

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Abbott tries again on terrorism, even though it failed the first time

Having doubled down on aggression, Tony Abbott is also trying to use terrorism as part of his political recovery - even though it didn’t help last year.

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The coup that delivered power to a national security elite

Tony Abbott’s desperation, and the Iraq debacle, have delivered an unaccountable clique of security officials massive power.

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Labor to roll over on data retention bill — but with a twist

Labor is poised to back a data retention regime, but protection for journalists and whistleblowers is under consideration.

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Essential: the Abbott goes deep underground edition

Tony Abbott has achieved new lows in his personal approval rating, including with Liberal voters, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Data retention will hurt YOU, not criminals. Here’s how

The government’s data retention is far more likely to harm ordinary Australians than catch criminals or terrorists. Bernard Keane and senior IP and communications lawyer Leanne O’Donnell explain how.

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Officials admit: we can’t justify data retention

Inquiries into data retention show that there is no evidence it will do what the government claims it will do.

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AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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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 accompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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