Is my smartphone recording my private conversations?
Aug 12, 2020
The answer is almost certainly yes, but you can do something about it. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola’s surveillance thriller The Conversation saw Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) utilise towers of oversized electronics to listen in on and record people’s private moments. Today, we willingly slip equally powerful surveillance technology into our pockets – in the form of mobile phones. And whether we like it or not, that technology is constantly ingesting and harvesting everything we say while in its ...
Is COVID-19 normalising mass surveillance?
Aug 05, 2020
The global pandemic is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, leaving the powers-that-be to do what they like in the backgroundCOVID-19 has us shaking in our boots. It’s been a long time since we’ve encountered such an all-encompassing medical emergency and it’s had a profound effect on not only the way we live, but the way we think about life itself. We’re not yet out of the woods but surely there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it isn’t as large or as nearby as we’d like.
Is my login information for sale on the black market?
Jul 16, 2020
For all you know, your passwords for sites and services are currently available to buy on the dark webIt’s a well-known fact that corporations and government bodies are consistently inventing novel methods of legally’ siphoning our personal information. Even for those who’ve devoted their entire lives to exposing such questionable behaviour, staying ahead of the curve is almost impossible. Threats come in all forms and from all fronts and no matter how big a fish is landed; schools of others ...
Data breach error code #4265: us being us
Jul 09, 2020
The role humans play in data breaches and what can be done about itWhether you’re a 14 year old kid that left their diary under their pillow instead of under lock and key or you’re an adult that actually wrote down their password and now can’t recall where you left that slip of paper, simple data breaches are all around us. And it’s all filed under human error. In this case, you are the human.
Is it time to take a closer look at TikTok’s take on security?
Jul 02, 2020
If you haven’t surrendered your personal data, do you even TikTok?If you’re over the age of 40, hearing the words tick and tock would almost certainly refer to the sound of a working clock or wristwatch. Now, that same pair of words, minus a pair of C’s, refer to a social media revolution. TikTok is a mobile application that enables people to share short clips of themselves, usually to get laughs or display talent.
Hands in the air! Let me see your hands! And… your lock-screen pin!?!
Jun 24, 2020
Dutton’s at it again…and this time it’s personal (to you, not to him)As a job title that involves the overseeing of our privacy and security, Home Affairs Minister should be retitled as Surveillance Assurance Minister, at least under the reign of Dutton and his conga-line of data enthusiasts.
Nothing to hide, nothing to fear… sound about right?
May 30, 2020
The pitfalls and perils of surveillance apathyRight now, at this very moment, several privacy-minded individuals around Australia are having the same conversation with their grandmother. “Nan, you realise that they are monitoring every single thing you do and tracking everywhere you go, every single minute of every day?”
Is COVIDSafe safe?
Apr 29, 2020
Here’s what you need to know about the controversial coronavirus tracing applicationOn Sunday 26 April, the federal government rolled out a mobile application in an endeavour to further reduce the spread of COVID-19. Available on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store, COVIDSafe aims to assist health officials in identifying people who may have come into contact with those infected with the virus.
How mass surveillance is re-shaping society
Mar 27, 2020
What is ‘social cooling’ and should we be worried about it?If you’ve ever caught an episode of Survivor or Big Brother, you’d quickly realise that the label ‘reality television’, well kinda unrealistic. Yes, contestants are often left to their own devices and many of their responses to the social set-ups are authentic(ish) – but it takes an extreme event (such as a man falling into the fire and losing layers of skin from his hands) for the pretenses created by a filmed production to disappear...
Please, can someone lock the back door?
Mar 13, 2020
Security and connectivity should never be mutually exclusive Let’s say you were deep into the process of purchasing your first house. Both you and your partner are all abuzz with anticipation, imagining all of the memories to come between its freshly painted walls. Your home will be a safe, secure place for the children you plan to raise, the pets you plan to adopt and the life you plan to live. Then, just as you’re about to sign the papers, the real estate agent informs you of a new feder...