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The National Security Agency has “quietly shut down” the mass surveillance program it implemented after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to analyse metadata on domestic calls and text messages, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing an episode of the Lawfare podcast with “senior Republican congressional aide” Luke Murry.

The Wall Street Journal separately reported that Murry stated the program has not been used in at least six months, with both papers writing that it is unclear whether Donald Trump’s administration will ask Congress to renew its legal authority when relevant portions of the Patriot Act expire at the end of 2019.

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The Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity, Angus Taylor, foreshadowed this week that the Turnbull government will continue to pursue new law-enforcement powers that would allow authorities access to encrypted digital data in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and online crime, such as cyber fraud and child exploitation.

To assess the worthiness of this pursuit, it is useful to review the developments in the past six years regarding the government-mandated collection and storage of mass electronic data, referred to as “metadata”.

The Australian Federal Police have accessed the metadata of a journalist without properly complying with Australia's new metadata retention laws, AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin has revealed.

The breach of legislation happened earlier this year, and involved Australian police investigating the phone call records of a journalist without obtaining the correct warrant for the release of that information.

Today is the day, people. From now on, the Federal Government's Metadata Retention Scheme is unavoidable for telcos and internet service providers. They will be keeping your metadata - including text messages, location information, and internet connection details - for a full two years, ready to be passed on to Government agencies when requested, without a warrant. Compliance is mandatory.

So, of course, online rights organisations are calling today "National Get a VPN Day".

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.

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Remember the data retention laws that were introduced late 2015? It forces telcos to retain metadata on mobile and broadband users for at least two years. The data would assist in criminal and terrorism investigations. Now the Government wants to open the data up to be used for civil lawsuits. It called for public to comment on the issue right before Christmas (cheeky bastards) and public comment submissions close January 13.

Less than three months since legislation to restrict access to metadata without a warrant to a select few Commonwealth agencies came into effect, The Australian Government has revealed the details of 57 agencies that have requested access to your metadata.

In response, internet freedoms lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has today called on the Attorney-General to reject a large number of these applications, and has renewed calls for warrants to be required to access metadata.

When New South Wales Medical Council staff uploaded a PDF with private information, they simply placed an opaque block over private information. As they later discovered, this isn't enough.

The information wasn't visible to the naked eye, but the data remained -- and was searchable by Google.

Last night, our Trade Ministers confirmed that the TPP negotiations have been finished, but the public will still have to wait several weeks to find exactly what has been agreed to. Of particular concern are the the potential changes to copyright and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. So how are you likely to be affected?

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.

When the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this summer, the NSA was pushed to stop collecting phone records in bulk. The question of what would happen to the massive amount of data it had already collected on people remained. That question was answered today: Those old troves of metadata are mostly going in the garbage.

The government will provide telecommunications companies with A$131 million in the budget to help with the costs of retaining metadata, as part of further measures to strengthen intelligence capabilities and counter extremist messaging.

We've long said that the Government's proposed metadata retention scheme is a stupid idea conceived by stupid people for stupid people. Now some of those stupid people inside the Western Australian Police are proving us exactly right: 112 police officers have been caught accessing the arrest record of sports star Ben Cousins out of "professional curiosity", and the WA Police Commissioner has no problem with that.