8 comments

  1. Good article, couldn't agree more.

    Comment by Jay on 12 June 2013 at 12:50
  2. Why is the EFA reporting my interest in the EFA RSS feeds feedproxy and thus Google and thus the USA via the NSA and PRISM? Please delete feeds.efa.org.au and go back to serving your own RSS feeds.

    Why is the EFA reporting that I commented here to RECAPTCHA and thus Google and thus the USA via the NSA and PRISM? Please drop comments or drop RECAPTCHA.

    Why is the EFA website reporting me to Google Analytics and thus Google and thus the USA via the NSA and PRISM? Please drop Google Analytics.

    Why is the EFA website reporting me to Facebook Connect and thus Facebook and thus the USA via the NSA and PRISM? Please drop Facebook Connect.

    Why is the EFA website reporting me to Cloudflare and thus the USA via the NSA and PRISM? Please drop Cloudflare.

    Why is the EFA website reporting me to Gravatar and thus the USA via the NSA and PRISM? Please drop Gravatar.

    Why is the EFA website attempting to track me using cookies when there is no technical reason to do so?

    This is all happening even though I set Do Not Track in my web browser. Please pay attention to it.

    Comment by foo on 12 June 2013 at 12:56
    • Thanks for your feedback. You raise important points and we will be removing as many of these services as we feel we can. We are already in the process of moving away from Google Analytics to a locally-hosted solution.

      Comment by Jon Lawrence on 13 June 2013 at 07:35
  3. Dont know what all the fuss is about, after all, we have had ECHELON spying on us here in Australia for decades now - dont remember any fuss being made about that.

    Does the Australian Government know?? Of course they do - and they make use of the information too.

    Comment by goldenpirate on 13 June 2013 at 07:27
  4. This is exactly right. If security agencies develop patterns which you occidentally fall into, then you begin to be presumed guilty and so your following actions can be interpreted incorrectly, like what happened in France with that software developer in the London Underground.

    Apparently he was wearing a jacket in warm weather which put him under suspicion, and when the train came up he didn't get on it (he was waiting for someone on another train). The police then arrested him, searched his house and found some doodles, which they thought were a map of the underground.

    The charges were dismissed but he was still on a terrorist watch list and couldn't apply for overseas travel.

    Comment by Svenborg on 22 June 2013 at 08:50
  5. BTW, nice to see EFA cleaned up their act with the trackers, and their using Piwik! Free Software FTW!

    Comment by Svenborg on 22 June 2013 at 08:52
  6. On June 25 I emailed the Australian Privacy Commissioner's Office as follows:

    Dear Privacy Commissioner
    Following the Privacy Commissioner's statement on the US surveillance program at http://www.oaic.gov.au/news-and-events/statements/privacy-statements/us-surveillance-program does he propose any follow-up statement to reduce the apparent discrepancy between his stance and that emerging in Europe? See for example http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/25/germany-uk-gchq-internet-surveillance

    An Enquiries Officer promptly replied "Thank you for your email. As you know, the Privacy Commissioner made a statement on the US surveillance program on 12 June 2013. He does not plan to make any further statement at this time."

    The government has been supine but it is to be expected of the only developed country still lacking a bill of rights and no impetus to adopt one.

    Comment by Mark on 28 June 2013 at 15:50
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