Displaying items by tag: Electronic Frontiers Australia

Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has called for a detailed examination of the robodebt fiasco so that there would be an understanding of how so many people were incorrectly asked to repay money to the government.

Published in Technology Regulation

Two digital rights groups — Electronic Frontiers Australia and Future Wise — have urged the government to take the privacy and security of the My Health Record system seriously after an Australian National Audit Office report indicated that this was not happening.

Published in Health

Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has expressed concern over cancellation of a public hearing into the proposed national facial recognition database.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has warned that facial recognition, of the sort used by China to violate the rights of its Uighur Muslim minority, is already being used in Australia.

Published in Technology Regulation

Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has urged Australians to do three things to protect their online privacy: get a password manager, review their Facebook settings and turn on two-factor authentication.

Published in Security

Ever since the Department of Human Services started its robo-debt campaign to get back money which it has allegedly overpaid to welfare recipients, it has often been accused of having scant regard for the privacy of people. On Monday, I had a first-hand demonstration of exactly how much the DHS cares for privacy.

NOTE: The Department of Human Services has responded to this article vigorously refuting the author's contentions of a personal privacy breach and the response is appended to the end of the story.

Published in Open Sauce

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to immediately halt the recovery of money claimed to be owed to Centrelink and calculated through the use of data, after the Department of Human Services wiped a $4000 debt that was at the heart of a Federal Court challenge to the recovery scheme.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia says it is extremely concerned that the Australian Government is rushing the review of the proposed encryption bill, adding that both civil society and the technology industry have serious concerns about the bill.

Published in Government Tech Policy

A group of privacy and rights organisations have called on Australian politicians to reject the encryption bill which was introduced into Parliament last week, as it creates insecurity by design which will get in the way of Australian companies who seek to do business in European markets.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Thursday, 06 September 2018 07:25

EFA urges Australians to lobby MPs on encryption

Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has urged Australians to comment on the government's draft encryption bill and ask Parliament to avoid mandating backdoors in applications that provide encryption.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Major privacy organisations in Australia have condemned the decision by the Council of Australian Governments to agree to hand over drivers' licence photos for the creation of a national facial recognition database.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Monday, 11 September 2017 08:52

Software Freedom Day event in Melbourne on 16 Sept

Free Software Melbourne, a collaboration between regional free software activist groups in Australia, will organise a function on 16 September to mark Software Freedom Day.

Published in Open Source

Electronic Frontiers Australia has added its voice to the calls for a tightening of the rules allowing access to telecommunications metadata.

Published in Government Tech Policy

In January, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) sought Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's support for strong encryption and for his commitment to reject any law, policy or mandate that would undermine digital security.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Digital freedoms and rights group Electronic Frontiers Australia has slammed the appointment of Tasmanian MP Andrew Nikolic as Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, saying he has an “apparent disdain” for civil liberties.

Published in Security

Digital freedoms and rights group, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), has called on the Attorney-General – George Brandis - to cease what it says is his “absurd
war of attrition” with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:29

EFA gets behind global call for strong encryption

Non-profit, digital freedom and rights group, Electronic Frontiers Australia, has joined experts and organisations in more than 35 countries in asking world leaders to support strong encryption and to reject any law, policy, or mandate that would undermine digital security.

Published in Security

Electronic Frontiers Australia has called for warrants to be made mandatory in every case where the release of metadata, stored under the recently introduced laws, is sought.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 13:59

Call for halt to introduction of ISP copyright code

The federal government has again been called on to stop the process of implementing an ISP copyright code.  The Internet users rights group Electronic Frontiers Australia has confirmed it wants the process to be halted, with its call coming in the wake of the introduction of new anti-piracy website blocking laws.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Concern has been expressed that high-ranking public officials, particularly legal professionals,  may not possess at least the most basic computer and electronic communication skills, including the know-how to send emails

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