The Attorney General recently asked for submissions about the potential use of metadata collected for the purposes of the data retention regime in civil cases. For those interested, this is a quick summary.
2016 has been a busy year for digital rights policy in Australia. We’ll be hosting a quick update on the policy issues we have been following, including copyright reform and privacy issues. Join us live on Monday 12 December 2016 at 4pm AEDT on YouTube.
We’ve prepared a submission for the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, who is currently conducting a study on freedom of expression in the telecommunications and Internet access sector.
Digital Rights Watch joined a panel workshop at the Australian Internet Governance Forum in October 2016, looking at the development of digital rights in Australia and assessing the current state of play.
Most people are not aware of the fact that there is an entire industry of companies whose business model is based around collecting these fragmented datasets, linking them and analysing them to form a profile of an individual consumer. Known as data miners, you may never have heard of these companies – but they’ve almost certainly heard of you.
Free online services may not cost you any money to use, however, it is important to be aware that there is still a transaction taking place between you and the providing company. Rather than paying in money, you are paying with information about yourself.
Every five years, the United Nations reviews each state’s compliance with international human rights law in its ’Universal Periodic Review.’ This is the most comprehensive human rights review mechanism at …