Topic archives: Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

Crikey Clarifier: data retention — what it is and why it’s bad

Crikey Clarifier: data retention — what it is and why it’s bad

July 21, 2014 3

It's time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

Brandis’ national security bill a concern for whistleblowers, journalists

Brandis’ national security bill a concern for whistleblowers, journalists

July 17, 2014

The government's national security reform bill sticks closely to what was promised, but there are some concerns that a parliamentary committee will need to tackle.

Dear George: the direction is AWAY from data retention — it doesn’t work

Dear George: the direction is AWAY from data retention — it doesn’t work

July 16, 2014 6

Europe and the United States are moving away from data retention, despite what the Attorney-General may claim.

Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

July 7, 2014 5

In opposition, George Brandis called for national security reforms to be heavily vetted before being legislated. Now he's legislating with no vetting of any kind.

What’s really happening on national security laws

What’s really happening on national security laws

June 24, 2014

Mooted reforms to national security legislation need to be seen separately from the Syria/Iraq situation -- and the process by which those reforms are overseen is important, too.

Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

June 19, 2014 4

The office charged with vetting security laws is being abolished right at the moment the government is considering further strengthening counter-terrorism laws.

Attorney-General’s moves fast on new telco security arrangements

Attorney-General’s moves fast on new telco security arrangements

April 3, 2014 4

The Attorney-General's Department is pursuing a new security framework to bring telecommunications companies and ISPs under tighter government control. But it appears to be treading softly on data retention.

Defence-heavy spy committee needs to demand answers

Defence-heavy spy committee needs to demand answers

December 13, 2013 8

The parliamentary committee tasked with overseeing sensitive intelligence agencies has finally been picked. It's heavy on Defence and DFAT types, so will it do its job properly?

Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

December 5, 2013 30

The whistleblower in the East Timor spying case tried to use internal mechanisms to raise concerns, and was ignored. They're now under fire for going public. Well, what were they supposed to do?

Roxon revises history in whinge about intelligence committee

Roxon revises history in whinge about intelligence committee

October 17, 2013 30

Nicola Roxon is engaging in self-serving revisionism in criticising Parliament's intelligence committee. Her record of conduct tells a much different story.

Revealed: Attorney-General’s drive for data retention law

Revealed: Attorney-General’s drive for data retention law

October 3, 2013 6

The Attorney-General's Department pushed hard for data retention the moment Labor was elected, according to new documents released to Crikey under freedom of information.

Yes we can: how surveillance was quietly stymied in Australia

Yes we can: how surveillance was quietly stymied in Australia

June 25, 2013 6

There are some lessons from this week's Australia's national security inquiry, especially when we compare ourselves to the US and the UK. Secret plans for data retention came to nothing.

National security inquiry declines to endorse data retention

National security inquiry declines to endorse data retention

June 24, 2013 6

A key review of proposal to strengthen national security laws has opted against recommending mandatory data retention, and suggested a strictly limited scheme if governments do consider one.

Attorney-General’s Department: hiding a data retention gargoyle?

Attorney-General’s Department: hiding a data retention gargoyle?

June 20, 2013 3

Questions continue to grow about the extent of the Attorney-General Department's work on data retention, and whether it is hiding it from scrutiny. Is AGD quietly developing legislation on data retention?

The bureaucrats and the strange case of the vanishing meetings

May 30, 2013 1

Evidence to a Senate committee from Attorney-General's officials about its data retention preparations sits poorly with what we already know.

Going dark and the logic of mass surveillance

Going dark and the logic of mass surveillance

May 14, 2013 7

US agencies are grappling with the same technological challenges as British and Australian agencies but have the advantage of being able to act beyond the law.

Data retention divergence as US, UK mull mass surveillance

Data retention divergence as US, UK mull mass surveillance

May 13, 2013 6

The UK and US appear to have diverged on the issue of internet surveillance, and that has serious implications for the efforts of Australia's security establishment to impose data retention.

Danby and Sheridan hammer home an own-goal for data retention

February 21, 2013 7

A national security committee member's poor judgment has inflicted serious damage on the push for data retention by Australia's security agencies.

‘Banality of evil’: new documents lift the veil on data retention

February 14, 2013 9

New documents shed light on the enthusiasm of the Attorney-General's Department to move forward with (and think large on) data retention, and the resistance it encountered from industry.

Cybersecurity (and cyberbureaucracy) key for PM’s blueprint

Cybersecurity (and cyberbureaucracy) key for PM’s blueprint

January 23, 2013 13

The government's new National Security Strategy employs the same hysteria about cybersecurity that we've seen from other governments.