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The Senate has passed a new 'National Security' bill that has been heavily criticised for granting ASIO sweeping powers to "spy on any device connected to the internet".
As the government debates whether a URL constitutes content, it has been revealed that Telstra already provides browsing history to ASIO and law enforcement.
New digital surveillance powers for Australia's top security agency have been described as 'too expansive' by leading civil liberties advocates.
The Attorney-General has introduced a new bill to give ASIO greater surveillance powers, adding that data retention laws are also "under active consideration".
The Investigatory Powers Bill, known by critics as "the Snooper's Charter," could also require overseas companies to play a part in bulk collection of data and interception of messages.
Every Australian with a mobile phone or an Internet connection is now having their digital activity recorded. As the government's new data retention laws come into effect, we give you the run down on what it means and how you can maintain your privacy.
Data retention, website-blocking, new security laws -- as telcos and ISPs face increasing regulation at the hand of a national security-focused Government, one industry leader warns against the "state control of telecommunications".
Data retention, site blocking and three-strikes laws highlight 12 transformative months for online freedom in Australia. We reflect on the year's key moments in the words of the major players involved.
A cyber attack originating from China is responsible for the theft of classified blueprints for the new ASIO headquarters in Canberra, Four Corners has reported.
Attorney-General George Brandis has pointed to recent terror-related attacks in Paris and Sydney, calling for the quick passage of "crucial" data retention laws in Australia.