All I want for Christmas is to stop normalising surveillance

Whether you’re stringing up Christmas lights, getting out the Menorah, or just enjoying the end of the rollercoaster of a year that was 2020, just about everyone will partake in a bit of capitalist indulgence in December—that’s right, the season of shopping!   And what better gift than the latest piece of tech? Right? Well…maybe. There …

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Submission: Privacy Act Review Issues Paper

Digital Rights Watch has provided a submission to the Attorney-General’s review of the Privacy Act 1988. To understand our stance on the Australian privacy landscape and the rationale behind our submission, check out this blog post. The recommendations from our submission to the consultation, are as follows: Redefine the scope and reach of the Privacy …

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The Privacy Act review could shake up Australia’s value-based approach to privacy

When you look around the world, Australia stands out as somewhat unique when it comes to privacy. Why? Unlike most “western” democracies, it lacks a federal recognition of the right to privacy. And while there are some protections at the state level, the fact that there isn’t an explicit right to privacy has let the …

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Blog: Parliament metadata report is a step in the right direction

The introduction of the metadata retention regime way back in 2016 was one of the catalysts for creating Digital Rights Watch. Mandatory metadata retention, for access by a list of agencies that could grow at the whim of the Attorney General, seemed like a bad idea to a lot of people. Turns out now a …

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Blog: QR codes, privacy and security

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, we are seeing increased use of technology with the goal of keeping track of who is coming and going from venues and small businesses. The QR Code (“Quick Response” for those who were wondering), a piece of technology developed in the 90s which had a brief moment of popularity …

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Submission: The Data Availability and Transparency Bill

At Digital Rights Watch we strongly believe that the first actionable outcome of the extensive ACCC Digital Platforms inquiry must focus on updating the Australian privacy (and data protection) framework. As the draft text stands, the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 threatens to further erode the limited protections enshrined in the Privacy Act. The …

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Newsletter: October Roundup

We’re back for another edition of our monthly Digital Rights Watch update! We’ve been keeping busy building out our campaigns and movement―did you notice even our website got a little makeover? Five eyes have their eye(s) on encryption (still) If you’re reading this email, you’ve likely heard of the Five Eyes. In case you haven’t, it’s …

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Guide: What does it mean for a city to commit to digital rights?

Thank you to everyone who has written to their local Council urging them to sign on to be a Digital Rights City! If you are eager to help your community transform, but are not sure what that means in practice, this post is for you! We will also be sharing it with the Councils who …

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Blog: The Five Eyes are still trying to undermine encryption

Another year, another Ministerial meeting of the Five Eyes —one of the most powerful known espionage alliances in history. Every year, Ministers from the five member countries (Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom) gather to tackle the big challenges they think they face. In their own words, the annual Ministerial meeting has “matured …

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