Digital Rights Watch has warned of an increasingly hostile digital rights environment in which Australian citizens risk having their human rights eroded, unless a radical rethink of government policy is implemented.
Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era.
Civil rights group Digital Rights Watch have urged Australian citizens to be aware of deeply concerning privacy issues in the Government’s planned digital health record system, as the opt-out period begins today.
Digital Rights Watch has warned of wider impacts on freedom of speech and the right of Australian citizens to hold private conversations, after the Government announced plans to introduce legislation that would give law enforcement the power to break encryption protocols.
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.
An unprecedented international collaborative investigation carried out by 40 NGOs in 42 countries has identified alarming weaknesses in the oversight arrangements that are supposed to govern the sharing of intelligence between state intelligence agencies.
In light of the revelations that Cambridge Analytica has reportedly misused the data of over 50 million people on Facebook, Australia’s leading digital and civil rights advocates call on all Australian governments and political parties to categorically answer several questions.
Following a legal challenge by UK Labour MP Tom Watson and civil rights group Liberty, the UK Court of Appeal has ruled that accessing retained data without proper oversight, or if there was no serious crime, is inconsistent with EU law.
Australian digital rights advocates today condemned the decision of the United States Federal Communications Commission to dismantle the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order which required internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally.
Digital Rights Watch and Electronic Frontiers Australia urge the Australian Government to ensure that the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees being held in offshore detention camps on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru are respected.
During the same week that Australia is expected to be granted a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, an expert UN Committee will grill the Australian Government over its own human rights record.
Australia’s leading privacy and civil liberties organisations condemn the decision by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to provide all images from state and territory driver’s licence databases to the federal National Facial Biometric Matching Capability.
A global coalition of civil society organisations have submitted to the Council of Europe its comments on how protect human rights when developing new rules on cross-border access to electronic evidence.