Topic archives: Attorney-General’s Department

Tips and rumours

June 18, 2018 3

The Attorney General's Department can't keep your info safe, taxing props, the faltering Free Tommy movement.

The public humiliation of George Brandis

July 19, 2017 13

Not merely was Attorney-General George Brandis required to support losing his key functions yesterday, he was required to explain why it was such a good idea.

‘Data integrity’ keeps spy report secret

March 3, 2017

In response to questions from Crikey yesterday, the department reiterated previous statements in January given to tech publications.

In shock twist, George Brandis’ dept the laziest

February 27, 2017

Figures complied by Labor Senator Penny Wong's office show which department has the most outstanding questions left unanswered ...

Minister for security agencies defying security agency advice

February 17, 2017

It was a rather astonishing admission from the minister responsible for national security.

Govt admits it has no idea where your metadata is being stored

February 16, 2017 8

Where is your personal data stored under the government's data retention regime? The government admits it has no idea -- and that's not about to change.

Is Brandis closing the door on white hat hackers?

September 29, 2016 3

The government proposes to ban attempts to strip anonymity from large datasets. But in doing so, it could also ban the best means of spotting security flaws.

Govt wants to give corporate criminals a get-out-of-jail-free card

April 7, 2016 15

The government has proposed that large corporations be allowed to buy their way out of prosecutions for major corporate crimes -- another win for the scandal-plagued banking industry.

Metadata needed to catch terrorists, paedophiles — and pottymouths

February 24, 2016 16

Despite the promise that data retention would only be used for the most serious crimes, one agency wants to use it for trivial offences.

After years of decline, can the public service be rescued?

February 12, 2016 22

The federal public service is at a nadir of incompetence and politicisation. Will it improve under Malcolm Turnbull?

Brains behind data retention scheme awarded for ‘exceptional quality’ work

February 5, 2016 2

You know the mandatory data retention laws that infringe on civil liberties and have telcos in a flap? AGD thinks it all went swimmingly.

Govt files metadata transparency request in the too-hard basket

November 17, 2015 3

How many agencies can access your metadata without a warrant? Look, AGD would tell us, but it's just so much damn work and they'd rather not.

Bungled data retention implementation needs an investigation

Bungled data retention implementation needs an investigation

October 15, 2015 4

If data retention is so critical to national security, its bungled introduction needs to be examined by the committee that paved the way for it.

When data retention goes bad, no one is required to tell you

When data retention goes bad, no one is required to tell you

October 13, 2015 3

In the absence of promised laws, Australia's data retention scheme means we may stay in ignorance when our personal data is lost or stolen.

Data retention bungling and secrecy continues

Data retention bungling and secrecy continues

September 25, 2015 2

The Attorney-General's Department is threatening to strip exemption from onerous data retention laws from anyone who talks about them.

Every step you take: govt to pool CCTV images and facial recognition to track citizens

Every step you take: govt to pool CCTV images and facial recognition to track citizens

August 27, 2015 7

Soon government agencies will be able to access stills from CCTV cameras all over Australia.

Brandis’ office to review cost of piracy code — after it’s already lodged

Brandis’ office to review cost of piracy code — after it’s already lodged

August 26, 2015 6

Regulation always costs somebody. Now telcos are asking the Attorney-General's Department, how much?

Australia punches above its weight when it comes to mass surveillance

Australia punches above its weight when it comes to mass surveillance

June 19, 2015 7

Australia is one of the most heavily surveiled countries in the West, international data shows.

How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

March 25, 2015 15

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

March 2, 2015 14

Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications -- but bad for consumers.