The world needs a cyber privacy treaty

Digital Rights Watch has welcomed the release of a UN report calling for a global treaty to protect internet user’s right to privacy.

Lack of oversight on offshoring of data retention shows scheme should be scrapped

Digital Rights Watch has renewed calls for Australia’s mandatory data retention scheme to be scrapped, after revelations that the Government has no oversight over whether telecommunication companies are storing data outside of Australia’s borders. “When this legislation was first introduced, it was predicated on telcos having to detail their data storage capacity, processes and security arrangements. Now we learn that …

Concerns around proposed amendments to Privacy Act

Digital Rights Watch have raised deep concerns over proposed changes to the Privacy Act, citing the need for community and expert consultation before any legislation is introduced.

Open letter from privacy advocates calls for inquiry into Census 2016

A number of privacy, security and technology experts have called on the Prime Minister to launch an immediate inquiry into the 2016 Census. “The Turnbull Government’s handling of the Census to date demonstrates both a total disrespect for personal privacy rights and lack of digital literacy,” said Amy Gray from Digital Rights Watch. “The frustration felt by the public extends …

Independent inquiry needed into #Censusfail

An independent inquiry is needed to restore faith in the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Government’s ability to handle online privacy, according to online advocacy organization Digital Rights Watch.