One giant step backwards for cyber security in encryption bill fiasco
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Australia will soon be relegated to the backwaters of the global digital community. We will no longer have a functioning security software industry, nor will we have faith in the safety of our telecommunications systems. Our elected representatives in Canberra have passed into law an obscene bill that will have long-lasting impacts on the infrastructure […]

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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
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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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Providing evidence to Parliamentary committee on the Encryption Bill
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Digital Rights Watch’s Lizzie O’Shea and Access Now’s Nathan White give evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the Assistance and Access Bill 2018. A transcript of our evidence is available here. You can read our submission to the committee here.

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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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How much do political parties know about you?

Political parties know more about you than you may realise.Parties are looking for whatever edge they can get, and increasingly, that edge comes in the form of personal data. While the use of this data is still in its infancy in this country, its potential is huge. Digital Rights Watch Chair Tim Singleton Norton talks […]

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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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