Topic archives: privacy

The government already has far too much power over us and wants more

May 30, 2018 23

The supposed privacy protections in Commonwealth law can be overridden by bureaucrats and ministers looking to target critics. And the government wants yet more powers over us.

Pap pics breach privacy … true crime bandwagon … White Island …

May 21, 2018

The Australian Press Council has found that photos published by Woman's Day were in breach of radio host Chrissie Swan's privacy. And other media tidbits of the day.

Media Adviser: should Karl Stefanovic sue Uber for his phone call drama?

March 27, 2018 2

As the internal saga continues at Channel Nine, questions remain about unspoken privacy contracts and legal ramifications for Uber.

Politicians apparently very keen to demonstrate why they can’t be trusted

March 23, 2018 12

Politicians are doing nothing to prove to voters they're worthy of their trust.

Facebook’s privacy invasion is the business model of the entire internet

March 21, 2018 24

The focus on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica obscures the extent to which the monetisation of privacy and its sale to advertisers is the core financial model of the online world.

How would you like all your medical and mental health records leaked online? You might find out soon.

How would you like all your medical and mental health records leaked online? You might find out soon.

August 7, 2017 5

The government's My Health Record strategy notes lots of privacy concerns, but it doesn’t seem to be particularly interested in road-mapping a resolution to those issues, writes Asher Wolf.

Privacy complaints against government bodies soar

June 26, 2017 4

Which government agencies are misusing your personal information? Freelance journalist John Power reports.

We waited a year for this lousy Border Force footage

We waited a year for this lousy Border Force footage

June 19, 2017 3

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released footage of Border Force officers testing GoPro cameras on the water.

Customs caught spying on calls and texts without warrants or records

May 24, 2017 2

Customs might have accessed calls and texts illegally, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has found.

Privacy in the digital age is only possible if we act now

May 5, 2017 1

Three experts discussed information security in the digital age at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

AFP’s metadata breach shows just how ‘trustworthy’ the agency is

May 1, 2017 9

The Australian Federal Police has twice, in less than a year, shown an entire lack of respect for the journalists and their sources, in defiance of the law.

AFP admits to data breach involving journalist’s phone records

AFP admits to data breach involving journalist’s phone records

April 28, 2017 11

The Australian Federal Police has admitted they illegally accessed the call records of a journalist in seeking to chase down a source.

Centrelink contradicts earlier statements, says paying a debt is admitting it is accurate

April 11, 2017 13

A debt paid back to Centrelink is a debt owed, unless those who were forced to repay the debt ask for a review, according to Human Services officials.

The curious case of Alan Tudge’s disappearing legal advice

April 4, 2017 21

The legal advice Human Services Minister Alan Tudge is relying on to cover his release of Andie Fox's personal info appears to be missing.

They’re at it again: stats collectors come back for another assault on privacy

They’re at it again: stats collectors come back for another assault on privacy

March 15, 2017 9

Unbowed by the census debacle, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is still threatening to prosecute people who don't hand over private information.

We deserve better than this cripplingly dysfunctional government

March 3, 2017 34

After another wretched week for the Turnbull government, it's becoming clear its chaos and dysfunction cannot last.

Australia, 2017: bureaucrats who see citizens as enemies

February 28, 2017 20

The use of a citizen's personal information by a vengeful public service department, in cooperation with the media, is a new low for a government seemingly committed to collecting and exploiting our data.

Rudd-Turnbull UN Wickr chats go missing

February 21, 2017 4

Conversations between Rudd and Turnbull over UN bid have evaporated, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

A tale of two privacy laws

February 8, 2017 1

The government seems more keen to punish researchers trying to do the right thing than punishing businesses for failing to keep data secure.

Uncle Trump says ‘we want your private data’

January 31, 2017 8

Section 14 of Trump's executive order means Australians have no way of protecting their own privacy.