Category: Technology and Privacy

Queensland police to use surveillance drones to combat crime ahead of G20 conference

Queensland police plan to send drones into the skies for bikie and anti-terror surveillance ahead of the G20 conference in Brisbane. The $30-an-hour drones would also be used for covert drug crop identification, traffic operations and natural disasters following a successful trial last year. The Courier-Mail can reveal Police Minister Jack Dempsey wants the aircraft,

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The expansion of Australian intelligence powers

The telephone and internet data of every Australian will be retained for up to two years and intelligence agencies would be given increased access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, under a suite of new proposals from Australia’s intelligence community. Revealed in a discussion paper released by the Attorney-General’s Department, the more

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ASIO is spying on groups that campaign against Coal Mining

Australia’s leading counter-terrorism agency has been providing intelligence to the federal government on environmental groups that campaign against coal mining. The Australia Security Intelligence Organisation’s politically sensitive monitoring of the campaigners comes after Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson warned that protests at power stations and coal export terminals could have ”life-threatening” consequences and ”major

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Phone, net watchers fuel ‘surveillance state’ fears

The Attorney-General’s Department has released figures showing federal and state agencies accessed telecommunications data and internet logs more than 250,000 times during criminal and revenue investigations in 2010-11. Greens senator Scott Ludlam has called for tighter controls. ”We’ve already taken some pretty dangerous steps in this country towards the surveillance state,” Senator Ludlam told a

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