privacy

Using Signal correctly

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There is a major issue with Signal: Your account is tied to your phone number. This makes these apps really easy to use, since there are no usernames or passwords to deal with. It also makes it easy to discover other app users; if someone is a contact in your phone and has the app […]

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Queensland joins the axis

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Queensland will become the fourth state to upload its repository of driver’s licences to Australia’s controversial facial recognition database. Queensland will join Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania as the next state set to upload its batch of driver’s licences to the national database, according to iTNews. The remaining states and territories are expected to follow […]

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COVIDSafe App

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Australia’s COVIDSafe app has been out for three weeks now but despite the government’s draft legislation stating the data cannot be accessed outside of coronavirus tracing purposes, some of its vague wording is causing legal experts concern over potential misuse. But despite the app seeming mostly fine on a software level, legal and tech experts still have […]

security

How Encrypted Messaging Works

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With hackers becoming increasingly savvy, many Australians have turned to encrypted messaging apps to cloak messages between friends, colleagues and whoever else they’re speaking to. But beyond knowing it’s one of the safest ways to communicate digitally, end-to-end encryption remains a bit of a mystery. Here’s how it works and why Australia’s spy agencies are […]

mobiles

Pattern passwords on your phone

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Facial recognition, fingerprints and iris scanning have all joined PINs, passcodes and swipe patterns. But which should you be using? Along with passcodes, passwords and patterns, smartphone manufacturers are now implementing biometric security processes such as Face ID and iris scanning onto Android and iOS devices to give users a quicker, more convenient way of […]

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Foreign Spy Agencies Want Your Texts

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A new amendment has been introduced in parliament looking to allow for the easier sharing of communications data between Australia’s law enforcement and spy agencies and foreign governments. It comes in response to calls that spy agencies are being left behind without timely access to messaging apps with cloud servers in foreign jurisdictions. It would […]

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Australia’s National Digital ID

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The Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has spent more than A$200 million over the past five years developing a National Digital ID platform. If successful, the project could streamline commerce, resolve bureaucratic quagmires, and improve national security. The emerging results of the project may give the Australian public cause for concern.

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Mobile phone extraction

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In this piece we examine mobile phone extraction, relying on publicly available information and Privacy International’s experience from conducting mobile phone extraction using a Cellebrite UFED Touch 2. Mobile Phone Extraction technologies, known also as mobile forensics, entails the physical connection of the mobile device that is to be analysed and a device that extracts, […]

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5G risk assessment

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5G is on the way, but there’s no reason to start running around with your pants on your head just yet. While there will be a lot of hoopla about 5G in the CBD area of major cities there is a very large infrastructure network that will have to be put in place. Think at […]