Victorian pushback on surveillance of students welcomed by privacy experts

Digital Rights Watch has today commended the Victorian Government for pushing back on a Federal Government proposal to operate facial recognition programs within state schools. “We’re very pleased to see Victorian Education Minister James Merlino stand up to this highly invasive and problematic proposal,” said Digital Rights Watch Chair Tim Singleton Norton. The software was […]

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Australian Parliament ignores overwhelming evidence against Encryption Bill

Digital Rights Watch have slammed both the Government and the Labor Opposition for passing the Assistance and Access Bill through the Lower House of Parliament today. “The fundamental fact remains that the powers being handed out to law enforcement are ill-informed, badly drafted and a gross overreach,” said Digital Rights Watch Chair Tim Singleton Norton. […]

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Better oversight and limits to power are an important first step, but Encryption Bill is still deeply flawed

Digital Rights Watch have cautiously welcomed proposed changes to the Assistance and Access Bill 2018 following reports that a compromise position has been achieved between the Labor Opposition and the Government. “This is an important step forward for the democratic process, with some extremely dangerous elements of the Bill addressed through this compromise. But the […]

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Digital Rights experts welcome Labor standing up to protect encryption

Digital Rights Watch has welcomed reports that the Federal Labor Opposition intends to oppose the passage of the Assistance and Access Bill 2018 in its current form before Christmas. Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus today wrote to the Government announcing his intention to break with a long held tradition of bipartisan commitment through the Parliamentary […]

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Charities welcome new electoral laws

The Hands Off Our Charities alliance has released the following statement on the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill: Hands Off Our Charities welcomes the passing of this version of the Bill through the House of Representatives today and is pleased to see a much more sensible Bill get bipartisan support.  The willingness of all […]

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Democratic processes trump Ministerial overreach
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Privacy experts are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to respect democratic processes and stop attempting to coerce Parliament to push through increased law enforcement powers. “Conflating terrorism with encryption, as the Ministers have attempted to do, is dangerous and wrong. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have considerable powers […]

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Research shows Australians deeply concerned by Government’s spyware legislation
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New research released today by the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet shows a majority of Australians are deeply concerned by the Government’s proposed Assistance and Access Bill 2018 – known as the Encryption Bill. 84.8% of Australians polled say it is important or very important that anything the Government does to combat crime […]

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Cyber attacks show need for robust encryption
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Revelations by US, UK and Dutch authorities of the targeting of critical cyber systems and infrastructure by foreign nation state actors demonstrates the need for robust cybersecurity at all levels, warned Digital Rights Watch today. “This is a clear example of the importance of protecting security online. The diversity of these attacks shows that online, […]

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Slow down, stop and listen

Consumers, human rights groups, industry, telcos and technology companies join forces to sound alarm at Government’s spyware legislation A diverse group of consumer representatives, human rights organisations, industry, technology and telecommunications companies has today joined forces under the banner Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet with a plea to the Government to slow down, […]

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