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Flagpole will afford politicians ‘special treatment’ on metadata

Politicians concerned about their metadata being collected will be protected inside Parliament House following complaints to the powerful intelligence committee.

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Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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Fraser’s political manifesto not all it seems

Crikey readers discuss Fraser’s political plans and other issues of the day.

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Mia Freedman’s dad takes on Guy Rundle

Crikey readers, including the father of one of Australia’s most successful businesswomen, discuss issues of the day.

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How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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Keen to evade data retention? Here’s how to choose a VPN

There are readily accessible ways of evading the government’s mass surveillance scheme, but you’ll need to assess what’s best for you, technology consultant Dave Sag writes.

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Assad’s mass surveillance scheme didn’t work, and neither will Abbott’s

Syria’s attempt to spy on its citizens did nothing to stop terrorism, and neither will Australia’s, writes Reem Sweid a Syrian-Australian social policy researcher.

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Finally, the Labor-Coalition surveillance deal revealed

In a secret deal hammered out between politicians, Australia’s biggest ever mass surveillance scheme is to go forward, with journalists given special protection.

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Take my data — please! How we trade away our liberty for free wi-fi

Australians are beginning to become alarmed by the prospect of the government accessing their data, but how much data do we give away for free every day? Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch reports.

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Surveillance, discrimination and other fun things to do with data

Crikey readers discuss data retention and other issues of the day.

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What’s in a name? Brandis tries to define ‘journalist’ in data retention debate

Brandis appears to be leaning towards the New South Wales and Victorian understanding of who is and isn’t a journalist with respect to metadata provisions. Not that it matters much anyway.

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Your guide to the data retention debate: 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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Journos may be safe under data retention, but sources won’t be

Crikey readers have their on data retention, Stephen Mayne and other issues of the day.

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Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

The media revolt on data retention forced the government and opposition to cave in on protecting journalists — while George Brandis tried to sneak through a get-out clause for agencies.

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Plenty of blame to go around for Labor’s data retention dilemma

The media’s belated discovery of the threat of mass surveillance has left Labor with a dilemma on data retention, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Tips and rumours

What is going on with the No Land Tax Party? … Labor MP slams data retention … can you bear it?

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Journos finally cotton on to the insidious danger of data retention

Parliament’s intelligence committee is examining the issue of security agency access to journalists’ metadata. But it might want to look a little closer to home as well.

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Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications — but bad for consumers.

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Tips and rumours

Liberals go missing in NSW … Disability activist not welcome at conference … curious George’s inbox about to fill up …

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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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