The Home Affairs portfolio is continuing its relentless empire-building, pressing for part-control of military intelligence — and giving spies access to a vast new trove of corporate and personal information.
Good morning, early birds. Australia has pushed for the UK to follow suit on its Huawei 5G ban, and new shadow Home Affairs spokesperson Kristina Keneally makes a case for immigration. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Global trends point towards increased surveillance and censorship. Australia is no different.
Many prominent Australian politicians' websites are not secured, putting anyone who contacts them online at risk.
Politicians can't keep their own data secure — and certainly not that of voters. Don't listen when they tell you to hand over your personal data because "it's safe".
Companies say they make user data "anonymous" before they share or sell it to a third party. But is that even possible?
The Turnbull government has demonstrated its willingness to use private information against critics, and we know how poor third party contractors can be at securing data.
The government's backdoor-without-a-backdoor attack on encryption appears to be a long-used police technique that has its own security problems.