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 at their disposal to deal …

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 should not create weaknesses in …

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, anyone can become the victim …

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, stop ignoring the concerns of …

Encryption legislation being introduced to Parliament ignores active consultation

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Digital Rights Watch today expressed deep concerns at reports that the Coalition Joint Party Room has approved the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 to be introduced to Parliament. “It is simply outrageous that the Government would move to introduce legislation that is currently undergoing an active review process within one of its own departments,” said …

Government attempts to break encryption must be withdrawn: privacy experts

Australia’s foremost privacy experts have called for draft legislation that would grant law enforcement the power to effectively break encryption and damage key technological infrastructure, to be withdrawn. In a submission written by Digital Rights Watch, Australian Privacy Foundation, Electronic Frontiers Australia, Future Wise, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, Access Now, Blueprint for …

Failure to approve Chelsea Manning a visa sends chilling message on freedom of speech

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The Government’s failure to approve a visa in time for human rights defender Chelsea Manning to enter Australia for a series of speaking events has been strongly condemned by a coalition of human rights organisations. Amnesty International and several of Australia’s top human rights organisations have said the lack of decision is chilling and is a galling restriction on the …

Privacy advocates release satirical video on proposed encryption legislation

Digital Rights Watch and The Juice Media have this week released a video designed to more clearly inform the Australian public about the impact of proposed legislation that would grant law enforcement unprecedented new powers, including to develop the capacity to circumvent encryption. The satirical video, which has already amassed more than 250,000 views after being released on Monday 3 …

Centrelink duty of care has failed, regardless of Information Commissioner finding

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Privacy rights groups Digital Rights Watch, the Australian Privacy Foundation and Electronic Frontiers Australia have slammed a statement by the Office of the Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner that their investigation found no wrongdoing in the release of personal information by a government department.