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When Edward Snowdon's NSA leaks made the headlines in 2013, Berliners, like millions of people around the world, began questioning what happened to the internet we were once promised: a free, open, safe and anonymous place to communicate and share.
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, will deliver much more than an email assault, however, as it has been described as “the most comprehensive piece of privacy legislation” in the world and is designed to give consumers significantly more rights about what social
Senior bureaucrats responsible for the proposed rollout of a national facial recognition scheme have tried to allay fears it could lead to mass surveillance. Human rights organisations are concerned the system will be too broad and its safeguards too weak, risking the privacy of Australians.
For the last few years, police forces around China have invested heavily to build the world's largest video surveillance and facial recognition system, incorporating more than 170 million cameras so far. In a December test of the dragnet in Guiyang, a city of 4.
UNSW is re-examining its approach to non-research data collection after an analysis of campus wi-fi logs turned up more information than the university wanted to know.
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Moves in Australia for new powers to access encrypted communications will diminish online security for everyone and aren’t necessary for law enforcement, Monique Mann, Adam Molnar and Angela Daly write.
A Federal Government Bill is proposing a facial identity matching service which some experts are likening to laws recently introduced in China.
This week, the Senate voted 52–47 to revive an Obama administration rule ensuring equal treatment for online traffic—the so-called “net neutrality” rule recently erased by the Trump FCC. But the vote wasn't really about "net neutrality.
Millennials and women may be key to overcoming the worsening cyber security skills shortage, according to a new survey of tech-savvy millennials and post-millennials in the U.S.
Google's unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase "don't be evil." But that's over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has backed calls for an immediate overhaul of digital rights protections in Australia in the face of eroding online privacy and the rise of surveillance capitalism, following the release of Digital Rights
After years of gestation, the new European privacy law is upon us. Privacy's Age of Aquarius dawns in Brussels next Friday. But so what, for us in the Antipodes?
In a monumental decision that will resonate through election season, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 52-47 to reinstate the net neutrality protections the Federal Communications Commission decided to repeal last December.
The federal government's proposed laws for a facial recognition database clashes with the ACT's privacy and human rights laws, according to the ACT government.
If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability they're calling EFAIL that exposes the encrypted emails in plaintext, even for messages sent in the past.
Victorian privacy commissioner Rachel Dixon has commissioned critical advice for public servants from three Melbourne academics who have worked hard to raise awareness of the risk that individuals can be re-identified from open data publications.
The Federal Government is pushing ahead with its plans to create an electronic health record for every Australian. Personal patient details will be stored on a national database that doctors around the country can see.
If you’re a Gmail user, your messages and emails likely aren’t as private as you’d think. Google reads each and every one (even if you definitely don’t), scanning your painfully long email chains and vacation responders in order to collect more data on you.
In partnership with RIWI, a Toronto-based technology firm, we’re announcing a new project: the Global Internet Sentiment Survey.
Related Story: Hackers' next target? Your medical records Related Story: Our healthcare records outlive us, but what happens to the data once we're gone? Australians who do not want their medical records stored on a national electronic database can opt out of the scheme from July 16 to Oct
Almost all airline passengers will be body scanned before boarding flights and police will be given new powers to request identification from anyone they deem suspicious in changes to airport security across Australia.
LOCALS are far from convinced by the state government’s push to roll-out digital drivers’ licences in NSW. An online poll conducted by The Leader found 44 per cent of respondents said they wouldn’t prefer a digital version of their licence accessible through a mobile phone.
From microchip implants to wristband trackers and sensors that can detect fatigue and depression, new technology is enabling employers to watch staff in more and more intrusive ways. How worried should we be? Last year an American company microchipped dozens of its workers.
Police attempts to use cameras linked to databases to recognise people from their face are failing, with the wrong person picked out nine times out 10, a report claims.
Digital Rights Watch believes Australians’ human rights are being ‘severely breached’ through the actions of private organisations and governments operating in the online space.
Australians are agreeing to privacy policies they are not comfortable with and would like companies only to collect data that is essential for the delivery of their service.
Proponents of data privacy and digital rights have been on the back foot in Australia. But recent moves by the Federal Government are giving their cause fresh momentum.
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After the September 11 attacks in 2001, governments around the world brought in a raft of new national security laws designed to keep their countries safe from terrorism.
A new report on the state of digital rights in Australia has called for the repeal of the country’s mandatory data retention legislation and new laws to protect individuals’ privacy.
Gillian Triggs, Australia’s controversial former human rights commissioner has had a personal experience of the dangers of data retention laws.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said he was briefed recently by US experts who had intercepted, copied and decrypted messages sent back to Google from mobiles running on the company’s Android operating system.
It even tracks us in the real world. Then it sells us out to corporations, scammers -- just about anyone. Mark Zuckerberg has said he built Facebook to "get access to information about anyone." Now, he says he wants to "do more to keep us safe.
My lounge room is bugged. My phone is broadcasting an ultrasonic signal to my blu-ray player via an acoustic side channel beyond human hearing. The channel networks the two devices, similar to how a dial-up connection used to get our computers online before the days of the NBN.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice on Thursday that landmark 2015 U.S. open-internet rules will cease on June 11, and new rules handing providers power over what content consumers can access will take effect.
Millions of people received an email from Twitter last week advising them to change their password. Apparently a bug allowed some employees inside the company to see users' passwords in plain text, creating the possibility that private information could be compromised.
Dedicated Apple site 9to5Mac reports that the company has recently been removing apps that are sharing location data with third parties and sending the app developers a notice that the app is violating two different parts of the App Store Review Guidelines.
The Senate has backed a motion from Greens senator Jordon Steele-John to improve Australia’s privacy regulations and bring local laws up to the level of the European Union.
The federal government plans to spend about $600 million on a suite of diverse initiatives labelled as “delivering Australia’s digital future” in this year’s budget, including $92.4 million this financial year on “accelerated implementation” of its GovPass digital identity solution.
We have just released the Santa Clara principles (PDF), calling on platforms to provide better information about how they moderate content online.
Next week is Digital Privacy Awareness Week. The issue of digital privacy has been a significant one in recent times as privacy breaches such as the one involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have been under public scrutiny.
There’s a lot more to privacy than occasionally clearing your browser history. The more we plug into the networks that run our lives, the more we compromise our privacy for the sake of convenience. Privacy is a human right that affects how we behave, develop as a society, and protect ourselves.
In the 2002 film Minority Report, Tom Cruise’s character John Anderton is a man on the run.
Facebook’s failure to compel Cambridge Analytica to delete all traces of data from its servers – including any “derivatives” – enabled the company to retain predictive models derived from millions of social media profiles throughout the US presidential election, the Guardian can reveal.
The 2017 call records tally remained far less than an estimated billions of records collected per day under the NSA's old bulk surveillance system, which was exposed by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.
Critics of surveillance society always almost invoke the "panopticon" of philosopher Jeremy Bentham.
One might assume that countries like the United States and United Kingdom simply collect data on citizens through their own mass surveillance systems.