No justification for society-wide mandatory data retention scheme

EFA is alarmed that Cabinet’s National Security Committee has signed off on the fast-track implementation of a mandatory data retention scheme, apparently citing the ‘rising threat of home grown terrorism’. The Daily Telegraph reports [paywalled] that the government is believed to be seeking “an interim data retention measure…to be introduced as early as September to […]

Next tranche of new surveillance powers [Updated]

[Update: in a doorstop interview on 2nd July, Attorney-General Brandis said the following: ATTORNEY-GENERAL:  Legislation that I will be introducing into the Senate in the week after next will give effect to the recommendations, the 21 recommendations in Chapter-Four of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Report on Intelligence and Security.  That was, as I say, a […]

Stop the pirates? Behind Brandis’ copyright crusade

Copyright has been firmly back on the agenda in recent months. We’ve seen the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) release its report on copyright which recommended that Australia adopt a “fair use” exception to copyright infringement. Yet we’ve also seen the Attorney General, George Brandis, get more exercised about copyright piracy this month, and pledge […]

The Day The World Fought Back

In the last year, the world has learned that mass surveillance by governments knows no bounds. Today, 11th February, internet users around the world are standing together. Individuals, civil society organisations, and thousands of websites will let the world’s governments know that we reject global mass surveillance at home and overseas. Today, we fight back. […]

EFA awards Senator for achievements in digital rights

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today that he was humbled to receive Electronic Frontiers Australia’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement award for services to digital rights at their 20th anniversary celebrations tonight. Founded in January 1994 to protect and promote the civil liberties of electronic communications systems users, EFA has grown to become the major voice in […]