Tagged With data retention

As of now, Australia's telecommunications service providers have to store your metadata -- records of your phone and internet activity, which can reveal a huge amount of detail -- for two years. Approved government agencies can access that data without a warrant. It's not private information, either.

One way to circumvent Australia's draconian metadata retention scheme is to install and use a VPN on your phone and on your PC. Here's what a VPN is, what it does, and why -- and how -- you should get one.

A long-running case on whether you're allowed access to view your own mobile phone metadata -- retained by Australia's telecommunications companies for government snooping, including comprehensive call logs and location data -- and whether that data is classified as "personal information" has come to an unceremonious end.

Australia's Federal Court has put a stop to a final attempt by Australia's peak privacy advocates to restrict the retention and access of information by Australia's telcos, and the judgment will have wide-ranging implications for what information is considered personal under the terms of the Privacy Act.

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the Australian government has released a partially-redacted list of Commonwealth agencies that have applied for access to the metadata retained by Australia's telecommunications providers as part of the Telecommunications Interception and Access Act. There are over five dozen government entities that want to look through your mobile, internet and home phone records, ostensibly to uncover criminal activity.

Electronic Frontiers Australia, quoting a report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, has claimed that the protection for journalists under our new data retention scheme are "inadequate", and that warrants should be required for all citizens in all situations.

You might think that Australia's draconian data retention law is a pain, but wait until you see what the UK Government has planned for its citizens: mandatory retention of browsing histories, unwarranted phone taps and metadata inspection for every single citizen. Welcome to Data Retention 2.0, where the UK plays for keeps.

Can you feel it? Your data...it's being retained right now. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam gave us all some great advice on what is being tracked by the Government's new metadata retention scheme, as well as a few basic ways to get around the legislation. This is the master class in dodging data retention from Pirate Party Australia members. Here's how to get around metadata retention using everything from encrypted calls and messaging services on mobile and desktop platforms, using Tor and keeping your email safe.

Australia's new data retention laws come into effect today, and a lot of people are looking for a way to keep their personal communications private. This is what I do to keep my mobile phone data, and the data from my PC and laptop at home, secure and encrypted and safe from unwanted surveillance from government or from any other interested party.

Ever wondered just how granular and detailed the data of your personal phone calls, SMS messages, mobile data and daily travel is? The ABC has put together a couple of interactive guides to the amount of metadata that can be retrieved from your smartphone's cellular communications records by authorities under Australia's draconian data retention laws.

Remember when the Federal Labor Opposition voted in support of data retention legislation? Well, now that it has passed the Parliament and become law, the same Labor Opposition has changed its mind, flagging the need for a review at its annual conference over the weekend.

Hola was once regarded as a great way to get access to things like Netflix's US catalogue or Hulu Plus. You might think about using it to get around site blocking restrictions and hide yourself from the Government's data retention scheme. That's a bad idea.

Here's why you shouldn't use Hola. Like, ever.