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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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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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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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Laura Poitras on Snowden, the US government and why you should get Tor already

The documentary filmmaker tells Crikey what Edward Snowden is like in person, and how much the NSA can learn from listening to you type.

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AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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Charlie Hebdo attack was not an assault on free speech

Mass surveillance and aggressive prosecution of taboo topics are far greater threats to free speech than Charlie Hebdo, writes University of Tasmania graduate student in philosophy Tim Jarvis.

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Video: Greens target ALP over data retention

Mandatory data retention is set to be included in the next round of security legislation — and the Greens will be fighting it every step of the way.

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The dark side of data retention

Crikey readers talk data retention and Mike Carlton.

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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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Is a second Snowden spilling more NSA secrets?

Not only has the NSA targeted people for merely reading about privacy-enhancing software, there’s now speculation that there might be a second Snowden.

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Guess who will spy on the G20 (hint: not hactivists)?

David Irvine is warning G20 participants that “hacktivists” could target them. But there is an organisation far, far more likely to target the G20 …

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NSA’s malware and spying ops far more powerful than you think

The NSA has the post powerful online spying apparatus in the world — and it’s just getting started. Crikey’s resident tech-head explains the power of malware.

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Snowden: mass surveillance is failing us, and we can defeat it

Edward Snowden’s two public ‘appearances’ this week have expanded the debate on both the utility of mass surveillance and how ordinary internet users can defeat it.

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Judicial tension stirs over the dark arts of surveillance practices

The United States National Security Agency is facing its first real legal challenge to its collection of citizens’ phone metadata. Journalist and law student Parashar Das has followed the cases from Australia.

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Why surveillance information will always be abused by governments

The value of mass surveillance data inevitably means it will be abused unless it is treated like other government resources and strictly — and publicly — monitored.

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Understanding surveillance as an information economy

The problems of a surveillance state become more obvious when you understand information as a resource that governments exploit.

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Rundle: Manning, Assange and the end of the age of innocence

Don’t be fooled, we live in a total surveillance age. The US government is definitely spying on its citizens. And Bradley Manning is probably going to jail for the rest of his life.

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From ‘lawful’ to ‘massive’: rise and rise of cyber surveillance industry

WikiLeaks has collated material that provides a disturbing insight into the methods of the internet surveillance industry.

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