Tag: data retention

With Data Retention Laws, Will Australians look to VPNs?

This week Australia officially enacted its controversial new data retention law where mass swathes of metadata are required to be stored by telecoms for up to two years. Australian authorities said the measures were necessary for law enforcement but the move has outraged civil liberties groups as authorities will have greater ease of access to […]


Study: A Major Portion of Russia Supports Internet Censorship

Internet regulation in Russia has seen an uptick since late 2011, with Putin also chipping away at Internet freedom in the nation since he returned to the Kremlin in 2012. What’s interesting to note is that the majority of the Russian population is also endorsing a curb on internet freedoms, according to a new study […]

Australia Pushes New Mass Surveillance Law

Australian spy agencies may be granted greater liberties to monitor the online activities of Australian citizens with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying the government would do “whatever is possible” to ensure the safety of Australians. “For some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift. There may be more […]


Open Rights Group to Sue UK Government Over DRIP

Open Rights Group, one of the chief opponents to the UK’s new data retention law DRIP, has attempted to block the legislation with court action. Its basis for seeking a court case is the ruling from the European Court of Justice, which ruled that data retention from ISPs and telecoms for governments was unlawful. However […]

UK MPs Vote in Favor of Data Law Despite Fierce Criticisms

MPs in the UK have voted through the controversial emergency data retention law, amid waves of criticism, that will see telecoms continue to collect vast amounts of data on customers, which could be viewed by the government. David Cameron said the legislation will allow telecoms to cooperate in providing data on UK customers in specific […]

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Theresa May Calls Surveillance Accusations ‘Nonsense’

Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May has hit out at criticisms of government surveillance calling such claims of unlawful hacking “nonsense”. “There is no programme of mass surveillance and there is no surveillance state,” she said at a lecture in London when asked on the actions of organizations like GCHQ, adding that the government weren’t breaking […]

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UK May Face Legal Battle Over Data Retention

The UK government could face court action over its continued ruling that forces companies to retain data, despite an EU decision that says otherwise. The Guardian reports that the government has been accused of “breaking the law” by forcing telecommunications companies and ISPs to keep records of Internet usage, calls, and texts. Opponents to the […]


European Court Rules Against Mobile Surveillance

The European Court of Justice has ruled that mobile phone companies cannot maintain details of people’s calling habits as it is an invasion of privacy. The ruling comes after heavy lobbying from Irish group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI). The group argued that the data retention directive that was currently in place is a breach of […]