The metadata retention scheme dreamed up by Australia's federal government may be stalled and in a shambles, but the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security isn't waiting for things to go wrong: it's recruiting specialists to watch over the scheme.
Turned up by Crikey (which Tweeted it as a search for “contractors”, which it's clearly not*), a job ad seeks “telecommunications intelligence analysts” with experience handling metadata.
Long-time – and by now somewhat despondent – privacy advocate Roger Clarke says successive Australian governments have ignored the privacy impacts of nearly every national security measure passed by parliament since 2001.
In this analysis of 72 items of legislation, Clarke finds only around 10 per cent received the normal parliamentary privacy scrutiny.
Australia's Parliament has passed a law that will make it possible to collect biometric data, from citizens and visitors alike, at the nation's borders.
The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015, an amendment to the Migration Act of 1958, is explained as an effort to “streamline seven existing personal identifier collection powers into a broad, discretionary power to collect one or more personal identifiers from non-citizens, and citizens at the border.”
The president of open-source software user group Linux Australia has called on registered attendees of the organisation's conferences for the past three years to change their passwords after it was discovered that the server hosting its conference management system had been breached.
According to Linux Australia president Joshua Hesketh, the breach was discovered after a large number of error reporting emails were sent on March 22 by the server hosting the Zookeepr conference management systems for a number of Linux Australia's conferences.
Canberra's appetite for security theatre could soon see comms blackouts in Parliament House as a response to terrorist threats.
The proposal emerged by way of a briefing with the president of the press gallery, David Speers, who told Fairfax Media it's part of a plan to ramp up parliamentary security.
As well as armed Australian Federal Police (AFP) patrols of the press gallery's office space in parliament, Speers said the plan includes jamming “telephone and internet links in the event of a terrorist threat” or some other un-named variety of security incident.