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"It's like Uber but for taxis": Data retention, Telstra TV and the ihail app (Girt by CNET podcast 46)

Data retentions laws are now in effect, much to the confusion and bemusement of many. Telstra TV is ready to hit the shops, but a new taxi app was told to hit the streets by the ACCC -- and not in a good way.

By 16 October 2015


​Telcos and ISPs in the dark on 'confusing' data retention laws

As data retention laws come into force, new research shows that the majority of telcos and ISPs don't understand what is required of them, and only a fraction are "ready" to encrypt and store data.

By 13 October 2015


Surviving data retention: What you need to know

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.

By 13 October 2015


Labor member says data retention creates 'culture of fear,' calls for review

The Australian Labor Party has come under fire from within for its support of data retention, as a NSW Labor member calls for a review of the laws amid concerns of "mass surveillance."

By 27 July 2015


UK data retention scheme ruled unlawful

As Australia faces a future with mandatory data retention laws, the UK High Court has ruled that Britain's DRIPA data retention scheme is "inconsistent" with European law.

By 21 July 2015


Apple co-founder criticises data retention, wants privacy back the way it Woz

Tech's elder statesmen Steve Wozniak says Australia is following the "twisted" path of the United States, enacting an "unethical" data retention scheme that intrudes on a person's right to privacy.

By 29 May 2015


Data retention creep: Border Force granted metadata access

The Federal Government has been slammed for quietly expanding access to stored metadata in what opponents call the first example of "scope creep" in data retention laws.

By 15 May 2015


Edward Snowden warns data retention laws are 'dangerous'

The former NSA contractor who lifted the lid on mass surveillance in the US has a message for Australians living with new data retention laws: "You are being watched."

By 11 May 2015


Data retention laws pass, Netflix is live and site blocking could be in the works (Girt by CNET podcast 20)

Australia's controversial data retention laws pass, Netflix hits Australia with aggressive pricing and site blocking legislation heads to parliament.

By 27 March 2015


Mandatory Data Retention laws pass Australian Parliament

Telecommunications and internet service providers will now be required to store their customers' metadata for at least two years under laws that passed the Australian parliament with little opposition.

By 26 March 2015