Category: Technology and Privacy

Tracking technology plan to monitor Queen Street Mall and South Bank visitors via their mobile phones

Controversial tracking technology will be deployed in Brisbane’s CBD under a plan to snoop on visitors’ movements throughout the Queen Street Mall and South Bank. The technology, from UK-based company Path Intelligence, intercepts mobile phone signals to track each person as they move around the area. But while the company insists it doesn’t collect private

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Revealed: Australia’s spy agency has access to internet codes

Australia’s electronic spy agency reportedly has access to a top secret program that has successfully cracked the encryption used by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their emails, phone calls and online business transactions. Documents disclosed by US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal the program run by the US National Security

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Data Retention goes back to drawing board

The Parliamentary Committee examining the Government’s controversial national security reforms has recommended that the data retention segments of the reforms go through the committee process once again and criticised the Attorney-General’s Department for the cloak of secrecy it has hung around the issue. In May last year the Federal Government unveiled a wide-reaching program to

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Is the Australian Foreign Minister a Spy?

On Monday, the Australian newspaper, The Age, after going through 11,000 cables published by WikiLeaks, found that Carr had been briefing the US embassy since the 1970s on both the internal decision-making of the Australian government during the Whitlam Labor Government (1972-75) and internal workings of the Australian Labour Party. Bob Carr has been Australia’s

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Documents reveal government split on Data Retention

The department of broadband, communications and the digital economy pushed against a proposal from government spy agencies like ASIO to force telecommunications companies to store personal information on its customers for two or more years, internal documents reveal. The documents, released under Freedom of Information by the department last week, reveal a split between government

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