Ever wondered why it's important to recognise the Chinese totalitarian system for what it is? This story explains why.
Digital Rights Watch collaborated with Australian Privacy Foundation, Electronic Frontiers Australia, Future Wise, The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, Access Now and Blueprint for Free Speech to produce this joint submission.
This explanatory note provides background to the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.
The Bill will amend the My Health Records Act 2012 (MHR Act) to strengthen the privacy framework of the My Health Record system.
The Bill will specifically:...
This paper explores the fundamental questions facing the copyright system in the new industrial and digital era. It considers a broad range of issues including the evolving concept of authorship, originality, exhaustion issues, and the fair use or fair dealing doctrine in the new global...
Cities are becoming a major focal point in the personal data economy. In city governments, there is a clamour for data-informed approaches to everything from waste management and public transport through to policing and emergency response. This report is about why and how city governments...
Unless you take action to remove yourself from the My Health Record (MHR) system, the federal government will make a digital copy of your medical record, store it centrally, and, as the default, provide numerous people with access to it.
Unless you opt-out by mid-October, the Federal Government will create an online record of your health details that it can access for the rest of your life and beyond - even if you ask for it to be deleted. Privacy advocates are warning people to...
The framework for action is the implementation plan for the National Digital Health Strategy and details how all those in the digital health ecosystem are working together to help empower people, and those who care for them, with modern digital services and products.
This paper examines Chinese state policy on big data industries and analyses the laws and regulations on data collection that companies in China are required to comply with.
Student lists are commercially available for purchase on the basis of ethnicity, affluence, religion, lifestyle, awkwardness, and even a perceived or predicted need for family planning services. This study seeks to provide an understanding of the commercial marketplace for student data and the interaction with...
This article discusses privacy concerns generated by China's nationwide smart city campaign and further investigates why China's latest Cybersecurity Law is not adequate to address the risks to citizens' privacy.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) raises the standard required of researchers handling personal data. For researchers, it is still essential to be aware of and follow the best practices in their field or discipline. In addition, researchers now need to also identify the appropriate legal...
The federal government is pushing ahead with its plans to create an electronic health record for every Australian, but many are concerned about privacy and cybersecurity risks - and one expert recommends opting out.
The central message of this report is that the impact of digital regulation should be viewed through the prism of human rights law. Government attempts to control the digital world pose an inevitable tension between two fundamental human rights - fair access to the internet...
The My Health Record system is Australia’s digital health record system. The data in the My Health Record system may also be used to provide insight into the effectiveness of the services and treatments being provided to continue to improve health outcomes. The framework will...
Social media platforms have been notoriously opaque about how they work. But something may have shifted, writes Tarleton Gillespie.
This resource argues that due to the incompatibility of current technologies and legislation, Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies may need to operate in a grey area which lacks legislative direction. Regardless of their professionalism, this introduces risks for information security and human rights.
This report employs social science methods in the field to understand the role that technology and connectivity play in refugees’ lives, and addresses key information gaps for international organisations, NGOs, governments, academic researchers and technologists.
This report argues that with internet service becoming ever more central to modern social, political and economic life, access to functional and affordable broadband, like access to running water and electricity, must be available to all.