Democratic processes trump Ministerial overreach
Electoral Matters hearings on cyber influence of elections
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 […]
Extension of My Health Record opt-out period welcomed by privacy advocates
Digital Rights Watch Chair Tim Singleton Norton provides evidence to the Joint Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry into the cyber manipulation of elections. Read more in our submission to the committee.
Research shows Australians deeply concerned by Government’s spyware legislation
Digital Rights Watch has welcomed the news that the Government will extend the opt-out period of the My Health Record system through to January 31, 2019.
PJCIS hearings on Assistance and Access Bill
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 […]
Submission to PJCIS on the Assistance and Access Bill 2018
Angus Murray, Dr Suelette Dreyfus and Justin Clacherty appear before the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, to outline civil society concerns with the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018. The transcript of this session is available here. Read more in our joint submission to the committee.
Cyber attacks show need for robust encryption
On 14 August 2018, the Department of Home Affairs released an exposure draft of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018. Submissions to the exposure draft closed on the 10th of September 2018. Less than two weeks after the close of submissions, the Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton introduced a […]
Slow down, stop and listen
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, […]
Sleepwalking into a digital dystopia
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, […]
Tell Labor to defend encryption
We’re in the midst of a worsening democracy deficit, and you need look no further to see this on full display than within the shambolic process around the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill. This Bill will introduce unprecedented new powers for government and law enforcement, and Coalition politicians are treating the […]
Stand up and tell Labor that you don’t support efforts to break encryption.