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Data retention scheme is being abused exactly as critics predicted

A review of the Abbott government's data retention scheme has shown it is being widely abused by scores of bodies around the country.

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Australian, US authorities plan data access swap

Good morning, early birds. Peter Dutton has announced a plan that would allow Australian authorities access to personal data held in US tech platforms, and the first day of Extinction Rebellion's global week of action sees dozens of protesters arrested. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

When can the government tap your phone or read your texts?

What exactly are your rights? Who can access your call history, check your messages or listen in on your conversation, and when?

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The government’s war on the press has been years in the making

Since passing metadata retention laws in 2015, the government has been hard at work gunning for journalists. The AFP's demand for Qantas to hand over personal travel records should not be surprising.

Liberal moderates push for NEG

Good morning, early birds. Julie Bishop has called for a bipartisan adoption of the National Energy Guarantee, the Coalition's "obscure" encryption bill is slammed, and Labor is expected to delay an Indigenous voice to parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Ciobo privately walks back Israeli embassy move

Good morning, early birds. Defence Industry Minister Steven Ciobo has privately downplayed the chances of an Israeli embassy move, more than 100 government bodies have sought citizen metadata, and a catatonic refugee has been evacuated from Manus. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

What I learnt from Gillian Triggs’ metadata

Think that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear? Maybe you should just hand over your email password, writes Amy Gray.

No one told police officer a warrant was needed before spying on journos

The Australian Federal Police told the Commonwealth Ombudsman that, oops, that law change they lobbied for had not been communicated to a police officer.

Customs caught spying on calls and texts without warrants or records

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

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

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.

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