Topic archives: Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

National security inquiry delay to put data retention on hold

December 20, 2012 1

A key inquiry into controversial national security reforms like data retention will miss its reporting deadline. And the Attorney-General's Department only has itself to blame.

Assembling the building blocks of global net regulation

Assembling the building blocks of global net regulation

November 6, 2012 6

It's become clear that the Australian government is working to launch an international attack on online privacy.

Revealed: who the govt spoke with on data retention plans

Revealed: who the govt spoke with on data retention plans

November 2, 2012 2

The appearance of the Attorney-General's Department at an inquiry into national security reforms has revealed some disturbing insights into its proposal to retain internet data.

Data definitions in the spotlight as A-G dept fronts inquiry

November 1, 2012 4

There is still confusion about what data would be retained under the federal government's highly contentious data retention proposals -- and it arises from the government itself.

How not to launch a public debate, by the A-G’s Department

October 18, 2012 11

Several months after the Attorney-General initiated an inquiry on data retention, we finally got a definition of "data" this week. It's all a bit of a shambles.

Can govts ever discuss cybersecurity without going over the top?

Can govts ever discuss cybersecurity without going over the top?

October 3, 2012 10

Occasionally, someone in government can talk about cybersecurity without becoming hysterical. But it's rare.

Roxon clarifies draconian data retention plans

Roxon clarifies draconian data retention plans

September 21, 2012 5

The Attorney-General has responded to growing complaints about the ill-defined nature of the data retention proposals currently being considered by the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Faulkner attacks vague national security proposals

September 17, 2012 30

A key member of the parliamentary committee examining new national security proposals around data retention has hit out at the vague nature of Nicola Roxon's proposals.

What is the government up to on Australia’s internet kill switch?

September 10, 2012 12

The government's national security proposals may raise the prospect of a return to an issue settled in 2003. If only we could be sure ...

National security laws: the ‘balance’ that only ever tips one way

September 6, 2012 26

The concept of "balance" repeatedly invoked by politicians on national security -- while extending the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, curbing the rights of Australians -- is flawed.

National security hysteria, the fastest-growing crime in Aust

September 5, 2012 63

Wild claims about cybercrime are a key tool in inflating spending on cybersecurity and expanding the powers of governments, like the latest proposal for two-year data retention.

Hypothetical: news from a national security future

July 23, 2012 11

We already know what could happen if proposals to dramatically extend surveillance and intelligence-gathering powers are allowed to proceed.

War on privacy: committee sends Roxon back to drawing board

May 16, 2012 20

Nicola Roxon's efforts to establish a process for expanding national security powers has suffered a hiccup, with the powerful Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security asking her to redraft it.