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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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VIDEO: Surveillance impact ‘severe’: Jillian York

Crikey politics editor Bernard Keane and Jillian York, Director for International Freedom of Expression at Electronic Freedom Foundation, discuss data retention and privacy.

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Turnbull finally provides some progress on metadata definition

After a discussion with ASIO and the AFP, Malcolm Turnbull has presented a definition of metadata that makes more sense than any offered so far by his colleagues.

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Are the walls really that thin?

Crikey readers have their say about being a staffer and the insidious nature of data retention.

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Brandis’ disastrous data definition reflects a confused government

The government’s stumbling over data retention raises the question of how prepared it was for this debate.

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The dark side of data retention

Crikey readers talk data retention and Mike Carlton.

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Media briefs: gloating galore … Fibonnaci sequences … goodbye, Offspring

Renaissance photography, gloating over Mike Carlton, and other media tidbits of the day.

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Metadata and content: a distinction without difference

Anyone still pushing the angle that stuff called “metadata” is less revealing than stuff called “content” is either a fool or a liar, writes Stilgherrian.

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Data retention may include Facebook and Twitter

The government appears confused about what data will be retained under its data retention scheme — but it could include your social media activity and your whole internet browsing history.

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Data retention keeps us safe

Crikey readers talk data retention and the ethics of warfare.

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‘Nothing to hide, nothing to fear’: whistleblowers warn of threats to privacy

As cabinet debates data retention laws for Australia, US whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack remind us that “the people are supposed the govern the government, not the other way around”.

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Data retention is an intolerable threat to democracy

The government’s proposal for data retention is a direct threat to democracy and our ability to hold the powerful to account. Here’s why.

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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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Dear George: the direction is AWAY from data retention — it doesn’t work

Europe and the United States are moving away from data retention, despite what the Attorney-General may claim.

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Who — and what country — is driving Brandis’ conservative shift?

The Attorney-General’s chief of staff seems to have strong views on complying with US demands. And they may be having an influence on George Brandis.

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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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