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The latest from the world of security.

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...

The United States: a privacy timeline

Mar 08, 2020

How Australia’s big brother transformed into Big Brother Tracking the erosion of personal privacy in the United States isn’t as difficult as you’d think. While we could go back decades, let’s simply start at the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and move forward through time.

Big Tech are in our heads and we’re allowing them to stay

Feb 29, 2020

Just like ‘sheep’ or ‘sheeple’ the term ‘user’ is used to herd, control and insult you.

Apple puts government interests before user security

Feb 21, 2020

The tech giant’s true face has been revealed and it’s not pretty. We’re only finding out now, but roughly two years ago, Apple performed a sudden 180-degree turn on its plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups, in order to give government entities easier access to user data.

Jeff Bezos lassoed into the average user’s leaky shoes

Feb 15, 2020

Jeff Bezos lassoed into the average user’s leaky shoes. What do multiple breaches of the richest man on earth’s personal phone mean for us?

ATO and Defence throwing cash out the wrong Windows

Feb 02, 2020

Australian agencies continue to invest in irrelevant technologies Remember LaserDiscs? That oversized frisbee of a disc that was set to take over A/V in the home during the 1980s, but was a bit too cumbersome and is now way too dated in both audio and visual quality to make any kind of a resurgence? Yes, that one. If anyone is still spending their weekends tracking down the last remaining LaserDisc copy of Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, then the Australian government would love to g...