Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has called on internet advocates to fight new data retention laws in the best way they know how -- through a wave of memes directed at politicians in Canberra.
The parliament is considering new counter-terrorism legislation that would extend law enforcement powers for data retention and allow police to search premises without presenting a warrant.
Australia's security chief is "not quite sure" why data retention is an issue, while the former head of the CIA says "we kill people based on metadata". So what is the truth behind data retention, and why does it matter?
Telcos may soon be forced to retain metadata thanks to reforms pushed through by the Government's National Security Committee.
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 Australian government has said that it will not move forward with plans for a mandatory data retention scheme.
A key Republican politician alarmed lobbyists trying to update a 1986 electronic privacy law by suggesting a data retention requirement should be attached. Then his aides said he misspoke.
A handheld near-infrared scanner can be used to locate veins in patients and blood donors by mapping them onto the skin.
While the major telcos are keeping out of the crossfire, iiNet has joined a number of politicians in voicing opposition to the Government's proposed data retention laws.
The new service, which is free for Samsung smartphone owners, follows the introduction of Milk Music earlier this year.