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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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IGIS, media flag concerns about national security reforms

Both the intelligence agency monitor and major media organisations have flagged concerns about the first set of national security reforms brought forward by the government.

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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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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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Brandis’ national security bill a concern for whistleblowers, journalists

The government’s national security reform bill sticks closely to what was promised, but there are some concerns that a parliamentary committee will need to tackle.

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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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Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

In opposition, George Brandis called for national security reforms to be heavily vetted before being legislated. Now he’s legislating with no vetting of any kind.

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What’s really happening on national security laws

Mooted reforms to national security legislation need to be seen separately from the Syria/Iraq situation — and the process by which those reforms are overseen is important, too.

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Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

The office charged with vetting security laws is being abolished right at the moment the government is considering further strengthening counter-terrorism laws.

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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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