Facebook’s Actions Highlight Flaws of Digital Platforms Code

Australia, 18 February 2021:  Facebook’s actions today illustrate the level of unchecked power that successive Australian governments have permitted the company to accumulate. Australia needs regulation aimed at curbing this power, yet the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code will entrench Facebook as a vital source of funding for news media organisations in […]

EFA Calls For Full And Transparent Review of Unlawful Robodebt Program

Australia, 31 May 2020 – Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) applauds the tireless community action that has seen the Australian government finally concede the true nature of the Robodebt program and to refund money taken unlawfully from welfare recipients. “Robodebt demonstrates the importance of civil society involvement in scrutinising government programs that affect us. Robodebt should […]

EFA Calls On Australian Government To Trust Australians With Details On Contact Tracing App

Australia, 17 April 2020 – Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) calls on the Australian government to start talking meaningfully and in detail to technologists, rights advocates, and the general public about its proposed contact tracing app. “The government has for some time demonstrated an aversion to transparency and plain speaking. In this public health crisis we […]

EFA and Future Wise Urge Seriousness From Government On Health Data Security

Digital rights groups Electronic Frontiers Australia and Future Wise today expressed their disappointment in the management of privacy and security of the My Health Record system, as highlighted by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)’s report released on Monday 25 November 2019. They called on the Australian government to engage seriously with the complex issues […]

EFA Welcomes PJCIS Rejection Of Facial Recognition Bills

Australia, 24 October 2019: Electronic Frontiers Australia welcomes the news today that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has rejected proposed legislation that would have created a facial recognition mass-surveillance system reminiscent of that used by the Chinese government against its own citizens in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.  In its report handed […]