We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
Companies say they make user data "anonymous" before they share or sell it to a third party. But is that even possible?
Privacy laws aren’t being enforced, and there’s a tiny budget to do the job.
Could 2018 finally be the watershed year, when the narrative shifts against the surveillance economy?
Your movements often reveal your buying habits. Which is why companies follow you around and use that information to try to sell you stuff.
So-called “session replay scripts” not only record everything you type, they track every mouse movement, and even what you’re looking at on the web — including personal information.
Online surveillance is driven by a single commercial imperative: to gather data and sell it to advertisers.
Australian political parties collect vast troves of data about voters, and they're legally entitled to do so.
Stories abound of people who mentioned a subject while their phone was sitting idle, then got bombarded with online ads about that subject.
A new Crikey series, edited by technology writer Stilgherrian.
Australians are deeply worried about how their personal data is used by online companies -- but struggle to know how to protect themselves, polling from Roy Morgan shows.
Location-based advertising companies lurk in the background, collecting data about us from wherever (and whomever) they can get it.
From "beacons" to "probabilistic matching", this is the language of the surveillance economy, compiled by Chris Woods.
Google and Facebook hook you into their vast data collection and advertising networks when you press ACCEPT.
How do websites and apps make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to? It’s duplicitous, but all too easy.
What does that fine print really mean? We dig into the big companies' privacy policies to find out.