83% of Australians want tougher privacy laws. Now’s your chance to tell the government what you want

Normann Witzleb, Associate Professor in Law, Monash University Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has called for submissions to the long-awaited review of the federal Privacy Act 1988. This is the first wide-ranging review of privacy laws since the Australian Law Reform Commission produced a landmark report in 2008. Australia has in the past often hesitated to …

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How political parties legally harvest your data and use it to bombard you with election spam

Erica Mealy, Lecturer in Computer Science, University of the Sunshine Coast On Monday October 26, five days ahead of Queensland’s election, many voters received an unsolicited text message from Clive Palmer’s mining company Mineralogy, accusing Labor of planning to introduce a “death tax” and providing a link to an online how-to-vote card for Palmer’s United …

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Facebook’s virtual reality push is about data, not gaming

Marcus Carter, Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures, SOAR Fellow., University of Sydney and Ben Egliston, Postdoctoral research fellow, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology Facebook has announced the latest version of its successful standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Quest 2. The new device packs more computing power and a sharper screen …

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Towards a post-privacy world: proposed bill would encourage agencies to widely share your data

Bruce Baer Arnold, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Canberra The federal government has announced a plan to increase the sharing of citizen data across the public sector. This would include data sitting with agencies such as Centrelink, the Australian Tax Office, the Department of Home Affairs, the Bureau of Statistics and potentially other …

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Regulatory arbitrage and transnational surveillance: Australia’s extraterritorial assistance to access encrypted communications

This article examines developments regarding encryption law and policy within ‘Five Eyes’ (FVEY) countries by focussing on the recently enacted Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (Cth) in Australia. The legislation is significant both domestically and internationally because of its extraterritorial reach, allowing the development of new ways for Australian law …

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Keep calm, but don’t just carry on: how to deal with China’s mass surveillance of thousands of Australians

Bruce Baer Arnold, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Canberra National security is like sausage-making. We might enjoy the tasty product, but want to look away from the manufacturing. Recent news that Chinese company Zhenhua Data is profiling more than 35,000 Australians isn’t a surprise to people with an interest in privacy, security and …

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Melbourne is using pop-up police spy stations to find people breaking COVID rules – what does the law say?

Rick Sarre, Emeritus Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of South Australia CCTV cameras mounted on vans have recently been seen in public parks around Melbourne, ostensibly to nab anyone breaking lockdown rules. They are part of a joint initiative between several Melbourne councils, Victoria Police and the Commonwealth government. Coming on the back …

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Digging your own digital grave: how should you manage the data you leave behind?

Patrick Scolyer-Gray, Research Fellow, Cyber Security, Deakin University; Arash Shaghaghi, Lecturer, Cybersecurity, Deakin University, and Debi Ashenden, Professor of Cyber Security and Human Behaviour, Deakin University Throughout our lifetimes we consume, collate, curate, host and produce a staggering quantity of data – some by our own hand, some by others on our behalf, and some …

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Google knows your every move even with ‘location history’ off – Android users are being misled over Google’s incognito privacy feature.

Android handsets are tracking where users are, and sending that information to Google, even if ­location history settings are turned off and the incognito privacy feature is turned on. Tests conducted by The Australian in Sydney — in which information being sent to Google was duplicated and analysed — show the technology giant tracks the …

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