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Displaying items by tag: Attorney General

Consumer groups Financial Rights Legal Centre, Consumer Action Law Centre and Financial Counselling Australia have called for a “radical” overhaul of privacy laws they say will provide greater protections for consumers to counterbalance the “increased use and exploitation of big data by business and industry”.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says the Attorney-General should reject most of the requests for warrantless access to telecommunications metadata from various agencies.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Australian metadata laws come into effect today (13 October 2015) although Attorney General George Brandis says it will not be enforced until April 2017! The AG's comment is fortuitous because most ISPs do not have systems in place to meet their obligations under the Data Retention Act.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Non-profit digital rights group Electronic Frontiers Australia has given qualified support to the government’s announcement it is looking at the benefits that might come from the introduction of a broad, flexible “fair use exception” in Australian copyright law.

Published in Technology Regulation

The federal government’s planned website blocking regime continues to draw vigorous debate from opponents and supporters of the introduction of the measures through use of the proposed copyright online infringement legislation.

Published in Security
Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:43

A-G George Brandis: getting to the heart of the meta

Australia’s Attorney-General, George Brandis, seeks to impose metadata collection on the citizens of Australia, but doesn’t want his own metadata seen by Australians as it is ‘not relevant to democracy’.

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:38

Huawei still in NBN lock-out

Chinese communications giant Huawei has had its dreams of an NBN tender thwarted, with the Attorney-General indicating he wouldn't be overturning the Labor government's ban.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Sunday, 25 March 2012 18:02

Australian government bans Huawei from NBN

Huawei, the leading Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer has been told by the Australian Government that its bids for supply to the NBN are not welcome.

Published in Networking
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:43

NBN comes to the aid of bush lawyers

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and communications minister, senator Stephen Conroy have opened round one of the NBN Regional Legal Assistance Program, to help regional and remote community legal services take advantage of the NBN.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:50

Registration backlog chokes PPSR

A registration backlog is still choking the performance of the $33 million Personal Property Security Register, with the Government admitting that it had not made as much progress as had been hoped over the weekend and delays were still occurring.

Today's Cabinet reshuffle takes the nation's cyber security policy development away from the Attorney-General's portfolio and into the Prime Minister's.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The Australian Government has developed a free iPhone & Android app that will enable smartphone users to get quick and easy access to information about emergencies and disasters across the country.

Published in Mobility
Thursday, 01 September 2011 11:33

Awareness of emergency alerting system needs lifting

Attorney General Robert McClelland has released a report on Australia's national telephone-based emergency warning system - Emergency Alert - saying it is working well and that an overwhelming majority of households alerted during recent emergencies found it invaluable, but the level of awareness of the service and preparedness to respond need to be raised.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:11

Attorney general defends Cybercrime Bill

In an opinion piece today in the Sydney Morning Herald, Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has defended the Cybercrime Bill against accusations that it will jeopardise people's privacy and that private information will not be securely managed.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Friday, 19 August 2011 07:58

Greens says Cybercrime Bill seriously flawed

The Australian Greens has called on the Government to fix what it claims are serious flaws in the proposed Cybercrime Bill before presenting it for debate, and has accused the Government of using security as an excuse to ride roughshod over civil liberties.

Published in Technology Regulation
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 22:20

Games R18+ cleared for take-off but still on runway

With NSW finally giving its 'in-principle' support to R18+ ratings for games after the recent SCAG meeting saw South Australia give its support and NSW end up as the new roadblock on the runway, but while it's now clear, gamers are still waiting.

Published in Entertainment

With Australia's Attorneys-General getting set to discuss not only the R18+ rating for games, but ways to make Facebook and other social networking sites safer for children, is it the responsibility of Facebook, parents or the Government?

Published in Fuzzy Logic

Victoria and Western Australia have signed on to the Document Verification Service (DVS), designed to protect Australians against identity theft.

Published in Technology Regulation

Uh-oh, a survey of only 1200 people is being used by the Federal Government to 'developed a new National Identity Security Strategy', raising fears that the 'Australia Card' still might be coming back, while showcasing how ineffectual Government efforts have been in offering much protection against ID theft.

Published in Fuzzy Logic

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced the results of a survey, under the headline: "New research shows identity theft affects one in six people," but that's something of an exaggeration depending exactly on what you take 'effects' to mean.

Published in Cornered!
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