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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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What internet overlord Apple is doing with your personal data

Apple has issued some details on what information it passes on to governments (including Australia’s). Technology journalist Richard Chirgwin has some advice for you if you’re relying on Apple’s cloud. So put down that iPhone.

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When MPs (and journalists) should not use their own phones

Watch out, MPs and journalists: the AFP may be tracking your phone calls. Whistleblowers and leakers run the risk of being tracked down if they call an MP or a journo.

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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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Don’t trust governments on national security until they accept scrutiny

Until governments cease using national security as a way of avoiding scrutiny, they should not be trusted on surveillance.

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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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Privacy and media

Crikey readers have their say on privacy and journalists collecting their information, the disadvantages of being a small party and the meaning of “huis clos”.

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On the record: do journos have access to your internet browsing history?

Online news publications are increasingly collecting data and browsing history from readers — including public figures. So what happens if a journalist had access to it?

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A ‘monolithic monster’: what the new HQ says about ASIO’s power

Among the dinner table criticism over ASIO’s new building, journalist and author Frank Moorhouse finds fault in the agency itself — and its ever-widening purview. His essay is from GriffithREVIEW.

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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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A debate we had to have on security measures

The Attorney-General department has been given a bollocking by the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, after handballing the issue of data retention. It’s a strong outcome for accountability.

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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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Obama’s surveillance state revealed in detail

Two major revelations have exposed the extent of the Obama Administration’s mass surveillance of phone and internet use.

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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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Bumbling ASIC heralds new internet censorship era

ASIC has been revealed as the agency behind the blocking of a Melbourne education website, using a hitherto-unused internet censorship power.

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Going dark and the logic of mass surveillance

US agencies are grappling with the same technological challenges as British and Australian agencies but have the advantage of being able to act beyond the law.

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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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Danby and Sheridan hammer home an own-goal for data retention

A national security committee member’s poor judgment has inflicted serious damage on the push for data retention by Australia’s security agencies.

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