Professional Help Needed for Law Firms Still Vulnerable to Phishing Attacks


10th Oct 2018

A significant number of law firms could be exposed to phishing attacks if they have not set up their anti-phishing service correctly. This article introduces the report by Iron Bastion into research on Australia's law firms and explains the vulnerability recently modelled and what to do about it.


Privacy, Media and Politics: What are our Rights?


7th Oct 2018

This article looks at the potential for collusion between the media and political parties, neither of which are covered by the Privacy Act.


PEXA Introduces Multi-Factor Authentication but More Guidance Needed


25th Sep 2018

This article explains the recent hack of the national property lodgement database and the risks to legal firms and their users of using SMS in two-factor authentication.


News Corp derides again! U.S.-owned 'The Australian' tells Sleeping Giant lies


23rd Sep 2018

Anti-racism campaigners Sleeping Oz Giants and their followers on Twitter are subjected to defamatory campaign in The Australian.


Blowing the whistle on whistleblowers


12th Sep 2018

Whistleblowers play an essential and often-overlooked role in the major stories that hold out institutions to account. This article looks at the consequences to whistleblowers and media for recent changes in National Security legislation and includes the 11 point UNESCO evaluation of legislation written by Julie Posetti.


Taking over the corporate regulators, one IPA appointment at a time


3rd Sep 2018

This article follows on from the article on the OAIC and traces the early years of the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission as the Abbott government attempts to abolish the office. The ACNC is the Commonwealth charities regulator responsible for governing the multi-billion dollar charity sector.


Deconstructing the democracy sausage: The risks of e-voting


23rd Aug 2018

This article looks at the privacy and security issues like to arise with attempts to move election voting online or through the use of voting machines.


Abbott and Turnbull: Opening the door on your privacy


14th Aug 2018

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is the independent Commonwealth authority charged with governing access to government information and organisations that fall under the Privacy Act. This article traces the early years of the OAIC as it weathers attempts to abolish the office by the Abbott Government.


The 'Data Sharing and Release Act' is coming for your data


7th Aug 2018

This article explains what motivated me to get behind the #CensusFail campaign against the 2016 census. The article explains the history of the governance of administrative data and the changes I saw taking place to allow our data held by government agencies to be linked together into data integration projects to be shared with research and commercial interests.


Cashless Debit Card: Income management and the surveillance state


13th Sep 2017

The Cashless Welfare Card forces each recipient to share their entire purchase history with the government to ensure 'compliance' with the government's new policy of controlling how welfare recipients spend their income. In this article I explain the human rights law that Australia is signatory to and the implications for the government in breaching that law.


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