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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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Defence-heavy spy committee needs to demand answers

The parliamentary committee tasked with overseeing sensitive intelligence agencies has finally been picked. It’s heavy on Defence and DFAT types, so will it do its job properly?

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Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

The whistleblower in the East Timor spying case tried to use internal mechanisms to raise concerns, and was ignored. They’re now under fire for going public. Well, what were they supposed to do?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘Banality of evil’: new documents lift the veil on data retention

New documents shed light on the enthusiasm of the Attorney-General’s Department to move forward with (and think large on) data retention, and the resistance it encountered from industry.

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Cybersecurity (and cyberbureaucracy) key for PM’s blueprint

The government’s new National Security Strategy employs the same hysteria about cybersecurity that we’ve seen from other governments.

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National security inquiry delay to put data retention on hold

A key inquiry into controversial national security reforms like data retention will miss its reporting deadline. And the Attorney-General’s Department only has itself to blame.

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Assembling the building blocks of global net regulation

It’s become clear that the Australian government is working to launch an international attack on online privacy.

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Revealed: who the govt spoke with on data retention plans

The appearance of the Attorney-General’s Department at an inquiry into national security reforms has revealed some disturbing insights into its proposal to retain internet data.

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Data definitions in the spotlight as A-G dept fronts inquiry

There is still confusion about what data would be retained under the federal government’s highly contentious data retention proposals — and it arises from the government itself.

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How not to launch a public debate, by the A-G’s Department

Several months after the Attorney-General initiated an inquiry on data retention, we finally got a definition of “data” this week. It’s all a bit of a shambles.

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Can govts ever discuss cybersecurity without going over the top?

Occasionally, someone in government can talk about cybersecurity without becoming hysterical. But it’s rare.

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Roxon clarifies draconian data retention plans

The Attorney-General has responded to growing complaints about the ill-defined nature of the data retention proposals currently being considered by the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

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Faulkner attacks vague national security proposals

A key member of the parliamentary committee examining new national security proposals around data retention has hit out at the vague nature of Nicola Roxon’s proposals.

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What is the government up to on Australia’s internet kill switch?

The government’s national security proposals may raise the prospect of a return to an issue settled in 2003. If only we could be sure …

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National security laws: the ‘balance’ that only ever tips one way

The concept of “balance” repeatedly invoked by politicians on national security — while extending the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, curbing the rights of Australians — is flawed.

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National security hysteria, the fastest-growing crime in Aust

Wild claims about cybercrime are a key tool in inflating spending on cybersecurity and expanding the powers of governments, like the latest proposal for two-year data retention.

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