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Why access to retained data in civil proceedings should not be permissible

The Australian Attorney-General’s department are seeking submissions on the consultation paper, “Access to Retained Data in Civil Proceedings”. Here is my submission. Senator the Hon George Brandis QC By email ( 26th January, 2017 Submission response on the consultation paper “Access to Retained Data in Civil Proceedings” Why access to retained data in civil proceedings…

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On Online Anonymity

A quote I saw recently reminded me of a conversation I had some time ago about online privacy. For the last decade or so, my handle on most internet-based services has been my real name. My partner asked me with some confusion why this is, given that I am steadfastly and acutely protective of my…

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When are Email Addresses Private?

“I think that email addresses aren’t really private, like a phone number or postal address. My partner thinks they are. Can you be the oracle for us?!” This is the question I received, from someone who’s friend was offered five cases of carbonated, aspartame filled drink, if he signs away his right to sue the…

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Personal Information: Undervalued Precious Commodity or Currency for Convenience?

“Facebook admitted reading text messages belonging to smartphone users who downloaded the social-networking app.” — The (London) Sunday Times “Your personal information is a precious commodity, and companies will go to great lengths to get their hands on as much of it as possible.” — Emma Draper, Privacy International It seems privacy breaches are becoming…

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Google Double Plus Bad?

I was “lucky” enough to get in the second round of invites for a Google+ account  and immediately logged on, set up my profile and added friends to circles. Then I saw some people were posting already. I read, I followed more people and added them to circles. I looked at the “Share what’s new”…

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