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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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Private, keep out: how to safeguard your personal information

New laws are being celebrated as a win for privacy, but are they all they’re cracked up to be? Crikey found it a monumental challenge to raid the supposedly open database.

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Media briefs: Textor’s tasteless tweet … Tele’s Rees ethics … Courier-Fail on Ashes?

Liberal Party adviser Mark Textor has hit the headlines in Indonesia over a tasteless tweet. That and other media tidbits.

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How deep to dig? Good Weekend‘s Mundine profile sparks debate

A controversial Good Weekend profile on indigenous leader Warren Mundine has re-opened a debate as old as journalism. Where does prurience end and the public interest begin?

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Essential: Abbott in positive territory; who cares about cabinet women?

Tony Abbott has finally achieved a net approval rating, while men aren’t too fussed about the number of women in cabinet, according to new polling from Essential Research.

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How the parties trick you into handing over personal information

The major parties are fooling people into handing over personal information in the guise of applications for a postal vote. Here’s how the ruse works — and how to avoid it.

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How to keep the NSA out of your email

What can you do to avoid the all-seeing eyes of the National Security Agency? Here are some tips, but the real answer is: not a whole lot.

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Australia’s quiet role in the NSA spying scandal

Australian and United States spy agencies could theoretically spy on their own citizens — but they promise they won’t.

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Tips and rumours

Privacy at fairfax … a road to nowhere …Rueben the Cavoodle shows his colours

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How the government can protect privacy in the digital panopticon

Individuals’ privacy is under historic assault from both government and corporations, and there’s little enthusiasm for trying to save it.

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Users snap over Instagram, but should have seen it coming

The online world was abuzz with Instagram’s hardline terms of use changes. But users should know what they’re getting themselves in for when using social media platforms.

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Media briefs: Oakes v Cave … Nine privacy breach … death shot …

ACMA has found Channel Nine Adelaide guilty of breaching privacy provisions in the commercial TV code of practice. And other media news of the day.

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Channel Nine slapped down for privacy breach

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found Channel Nine Adelaide guilty of breaching privacy provisions for airing unauthorised footage of a family involved in a home birth. This is the first time a TV station has been slapped for breaching new privacy guidelines introduced by ACMA last December. The February news story, about a […]

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TV current affairs hack: why we’re bastards to grieving families

The controversy surrounding the treatment of the family of 13-year-old Molly Lord ignites new debate on media ethics. A former TV current affairs reporter explains why they do what they do.

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Bipartisan resistance to scrutiny of one of our worst privacy intrusions

Despite what Victorian politicians claim, The Age was right to expose what information political parties hold on us without our permission.

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Corporate personhood — and a right to privacy?

The controversial issue of human rights for corporations took an unexpected turn this week in Britain.

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Why the campaign against anonymity is an attack on free speech

There’s a growing campaign against online anonymity from governments, corporations and even the media. It’s dangerous.

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Essential: opposition to Malaysian Solution grows

Opposition to the Malaysian Solution has spiked, and Labor’s carbon pricing campaign isn’t working.

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How safe is your privacy?

Apparently your privacy is safe in the hands of Australia’s mainstream media. It’s not, of course. Ask Pauline Hanson, John Della Bosca, Troy Buswell, David Campbell and innumerable celebrities.

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Crikey says: Privacy Eye

A statutory right to privacy is one very small shield against a vast effort to find out everything about you.”

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How the media will react to a right to privacy

Belatedly, the government is acting on a longstanding recommendation about a right to privacy. But it’s a little hypocritical.

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Protecting yourself from phone hacking, a handy guide …

Mobile phone security expert David Rogers explains how phone hacking is done, and how you can better protect your mobile phone’s voicemail.

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The gaping hole where a right to privacy should be

The phone-hacking scandal may have been hidden by Rupert Murdoch’s power, but its origins lay in the lack of a right to privacy.

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War on the Internet IV: you are the network’s resilience

The effectiveness of government attacks on the internet can be blunted by some easily-accessible tools.

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Cyberspace freedom … except where they upset the copyright industry

The Obama Administration’s Cyberspace strategy places heavy emphasis on freedom, but in practice it’s only as much freedom as the copyright industry wants

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