The dark side of data retention

Crikey readers talk data retention and Mike Carlton.

Life inside the digital panopticon

Rebecca Barnett writes: Re. “Data retention keeps us safe” (yesterday). I would like to point out the simplistic nature of Les Heimann’s comments regarding data-retention being something that only terrorists should worry about. This is not only in relation to the question what is terrorism and the idea that one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter but to a bigger picture idea of freedom.

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  1. Matt Hardin

    The total surveillance state in 1984 has been used as an example of despotism and tyranny since the book was written. This is exactly the same. I can’t understand why anyone would accept it.

  2. Norm

    “Team Australia”. I’m surprised I’ve seen no comment in Crikey, or elsewhere, but when I heard Tony Abbott utter those words I almost fell off the sofa. I can understand that Tony has never seen it, but surely amongst his legion of minders, advisers and speech writers at least one of them has seen the spoof puppet movie “Team America”? Far from girding their loins for the coming struggle, millions of young Australians must be rolling around the lounge room floor in hysterics.

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