Privacy

Fact sheet

30 Aug 2017

The Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) is an investment to maximise the use and value of the Government’s data assets. Through data integration and analysis, the DIPA creates new insights into important and complex policy questions.

The DIPA will:

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Article

21 Aug 2017

On 9 August it was announced that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) would run a non-binding and voluntary postal survey on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The ABS will obtain information from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) so that they can send postal ballots to...

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Report

10 Jul 2017

In this era of unprecedented digital surveillance and widespread political upheaval, the data stored on our cell phones, laptops, and especially our online services are a magnet for government actors seeking to track citizens, journalists, and activists.

In 2016, the United States...

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Policy report

07 Jul 2017

This privacy impact assessment (PIA) provides an overarching, systematic evaluation of privacy and other risks associated with integrating data into the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), and how these risks are being managed. This PIA also summarises some of the expected benefits of the IDI...

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Audio interview

15 Jun 2017

Are governments using the threat of terrorism as a pretext to spy on their citizens? That's certainly the view of the United Nation's Privacy rapporteur, who is calling for a treaty to regulate government surveillance of citizens. 

Interview with Professor Joe Cannataci, who was appointed...

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Video lecture/presentation

02 May 2017

The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Meanwhile, almost nobody reads the terms and conditions...

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Journal article

12 Apr 2017

Introduction

There has been a rapid expansion in the type and volume of information collected for security purposes following the terrorist attacks on the United States of America (‘US’) on 11 September 2001. This event has been described as precipitating a program of ‘...

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Journal article

03 Apr 2017

This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various...

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Research report

29 Mar 2017

Many experts fear uncivil and manipulative behaviors on the internet will persist – and may get worse. This will lead to a splintering of social media into AI-patrolled and regulated ‘safe spaces’ separated from free-for-all zones. Some worry this will hurt the open exchange of ideas and...

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Audio program

28 Mar 2017

Australians are increasingly moving away from paying cash when they go shopping or eat out. But security experts are warning that the convenience of a cashless society comes with some serious privacy concerns.

The more people use their cards the more their activity can be tracked by big...

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Annual Report

17 Mar 2017

After one full year of operations, Digital Rights Watch has released its inaugural annual report.

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Journal article

14 Mar 2017

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered to be one of the most significant disruptive technologies of modern times, and promises to impact our lives in many positive ways. At the same time, its interactivity and interconnectivity poses significant challenges to...

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Research report

26 Jan 2017

Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the most high-profile breaches in 2016 alone include the hacking and subsequent release of emails from members of the Democratic...

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Commentary

Article

19 Jan 2017

In possibly Australia’s most important privacy case to date, the Federal Court today dealt a severe blow to Australia’s information privacy laws by narrowing the definition of “personal information”.

Australia’s data privacy laws only protect “personal information”, which is defined by...

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Research report

10 Jan 2017

New technologies have changed the types of data that are routinely collected about citizens on a daily basis. For example, smart devices collect location and communication data, and fitness trackers and medical devices capture physiological and other data. As technology changes, new portable and...

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Commentary

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27 Dec 2016

You might think it’s cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social media. But did you ever think it might be a mistake, or even illegal?

As adults, we often express dissatisfaction at the ways young people...

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Research report

07 Dec 2016

This research from UNESCO examines the importance of encryption as a means of protecting freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights in the fields of media and communications. 

It provides detailed case studies of encryption in selected jurisdictions and analyzes interferences...

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Research report

06 Dec 2016

The purpose of this research is to examine the complex interplay on the Internet between the right to freedom of expression (and information), transparency, and the right to privacy, which is further complicated by the competing interests of stateholders including the State, Internet users, ICT...

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Guide

09 Sep 2016

The Australian Communications and Media Authority's privacy guidelines for broadcasters are designed help broadcasters and members of the public better understand the operation of the privacy provisions in the various broadcasting codes of practice. 

Broadcasting codes of...

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