• Dec 5, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Roll-out of facial recognition by governments around the world accelerates as privacy experts sound the alarm

A year ago, this blog wrote about the spread of facial recognition systems, and the danger they represent to privacy. Since then, the roll-out has accelerated, as the technology becomes more accurate, and the products on offer become cheaper. Governments in particular see facial recognition as an easy way to check and control their populations. … Continue reading “Roll-out of facial recognition by governments around the world accelerates as privacy experts sound the alarm”

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  • Nov 4, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification

The Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs has proposed using facial recognition for online age verification for pornography and gambling websites visited by Australians as an update to Australia’s National Identity Security Strategy. The full not-so-detailed plan is titled: “Submission to the Inquiry into Age Verification for Online Wagering and Online Pornography.” In it, the … Continue reading “Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification”

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ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent

Several websites including Voat, ZeroHedge, Archive.is, LiveLeak, and others have been blocked in Australia and New Zealand in direct contravention to civil liberties that citizens are supposed to have. The biggest of these internet providers, Telstra, has published a blog post defending their censorship action – even acknowledging that free speech has been sacrificed by … Continue reading “ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent”

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  • Feb 23, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous

Authorities around the world have been calling for backdoors to be added to strong encryption for years – part of an even older battle. The view among all top security experts is that this is a very bad idea, since it is likely to add extra vulnerabilities to systems, which weakens the security for everyone. … Continue reading “The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous”

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Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption

Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era. In … Continue reading “Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption”

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  • Jul 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia

Australia’s Prime Minister Michael Turnbull doesn’t believe in the laws of mathematics – a troubling sign for a world leader to say the least. Australia’s leader spoke the infamous words at a press conference yesterday in Sydney, Australia. When asked by a journalist if the laws of mathematics would trump the laws of Australia (as … Continue reading “Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia”

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  • Jun 26, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australia wants to be able to read your encrypted messages

Australia’s Attorney General Senator Brandis announced over the weekend that he would be leading the discussion on squeezing tech firms and forcing them to encryption backdoors in secure messaging apps at the next annual meeting of public security ministers and attorney generals from the Five Eyes countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and … Continue reading “Australia wants to be able to read your encrypted messages”

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  • Apr 28, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australian Federal Police unapologetic after accessing a journalist’s metadata without a warrant

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) admitted on Friday that they had illegally accessed call records metadata of an Australian journalist without seeking the proper warrant beforehand. In Australia, like many other countries, there are specific protections to keep law enforcement from willy nilly seeking private information on journalists and whistleblowers. To access the metadata that all … Continue reading “Australian Federal Police unapologetic after accessing a journalist’s metadata without a warrant”

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  • Apr 14, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Not even the telcos like Australia’s mandatory metadata retention scheme aka the Big Brother policy

Now that Australia’s mandatory metadata retention regime is officially started, many are wondering how we got to this point and what we can do to stay private now that every piece of Australian origin metadata is being stored for two years. While companies and customers alike have known this day would come since 2015, both … Continue reading “Not even the telcos like Australia’s mandatory metadata retention scheme aka the Big Brother policy”

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