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Privacy
Rights to privacy and safety under threat - report
The State of Digital Rights report has found that online safety is at risk from increased big tech and government power.
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Human rights
Metadata retention laws “abused” by enforcement agencies
The PJCIS, Human Right Law Centre, Digital Rights Watch and Access Now are calling for the repeal or amendment of the controversial laws.
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Australian Government
Local governments need to act to protect privacy of citizens
"We are seeing a real-world effect of technology creep on our privacy rights in Australian cities through the rapid expansion of surveillance technology in public spaces."
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Surveillance
Are we being watched? Concerns over govt surveillance on Australians
"For the government to suggest this is anything other than blanket surveillance of the Australian population is ridiculous."
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Cloud
Privacy watchdogs say Centrelink ruling is a failure of Australia's freedom of speech
"To assume that the Australian Privacy Principles allow for release of information if a person has a 'reasonable expectation' is ludicrous."
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Privacy
Australia facing "systematic and wilful degradation of human rights online"
Digital Rights Watch believes Australians’ human rights are being ‘severely breached’ through the actions of private organisations and governments.
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Surveillance
AU Govt warned to take hard look in mirror after UK 'Snooper's Charter' ruled illegal
This week the UK Court of Appeal ruled that surveillance under the UK Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act was illegal.