Attorney-General Nicola Roxon wants unprecedented access to the private lives of Australians

Recently, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article on how Australia’s Attorney General wants access to our data. The report outlines the new moves:

Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is canvassing a further expansion of surveillance powers, most controversially a requirement that telecommunications and internet service providers retain at least two years of data for access by government agencies.

Security and privacy are in the balance as the Federal Parliament’s secretive joint committee on intelligence and security considers Australia’s future digital surveillance regime.

Data accessed includes phone and internet account information, outwards and inwards call details, internet access, and details of websites visited, though not the actual content of communications.

Federal government agencies gaining access to such data include ASIO, AFP, the Australian Crime Commission, the Tax Office, the departments of Defence, Immigration and Citizenship and Health and Ageing, and Medicare. Data is also accessed by state police and anti-corruption bodies, state government agencies, local government bodies and even the RSPCA.

As we are living more and more in online spaces, these laws could affect all of us at some time in our lives. Read the whole article here.

Your Facebook Data File: Everything You Never Wanted Anyone to Know

Miranda Miller wrote an article about a recent court case between some European students and Facebook unearthed the fact that Facebook keep much more data about you than they have previously disclosed. This includes:

  • Every friend request you’ve ever received and how you responded.
  • Every poke you’ve exchanged.
  • Every event you’ve been invited to through Facebook and how you responded.
  • The IP address used each and every time you’ve logged in to Facebook.
  • Dates of user name changes and historical privacy settings changes.
  • Camera metadata including time stamps and latitude/longitude of picture location, as well as tags from photos – even if you’ve untagged yourself.
  • Credit card information, if you’ve ever purchased credits or advertising on Facebook.
  • Your last known physical location, with latitude, longitude, time/date, altitude, and more. The report notes that they are unsure how Facebook collects this data.

Read the entire article here.