Since its inception the internet has been collecting data — data on users, website history and patterns of internet behaviours. Its default setting has been to record information and store it (Mitew, 2014). The Internet to date is an increasingly populated place and as a result of this distributed environment with a multitude of users, governments such as our own have decided to implement ways to surveil online presences.
October 13th marked the date Metadata Retention Laws were introduced in Australia. Privacy activist and whistleblower Edward Snowden has since described such spying as: “Surveillance is not about safety, it’s about power. It’s about control.” To find out more on how such legislation affects you as a user of the internet, I created the following infographic below.
- Mitew, T., 2014, Dark Fiber: Hackers, Botnets, Cyberwar, Lecture / YouTube Video, DIGC202, University of Wollongong, October 14, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNRjkVVYOzE&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=39>
- Ockenden, W., 2015, ‘Majority of ISPs not ready for metadata laws that come into force today’, ABC News, October 13, Viewed October 18 2015, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-13/majority-of-isps-not-ready-to-start-collecting-metadata/6847370>
- Rose, T., 2015, ‘Surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden draws attention to new Australian metadata laws’, Nine News, October 13, Viewed October 18 2015, <http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2015/10/13/11/34/surveillance-whistleblower-edward-snowden-draws-attention-to-new-australian-metadata-laws>
- Thomas, J., 2015, ‘What is metadata, and how do you maintain your privacy?’, SBS News, October 13, Viewed October 18 2015, <http://www.sbs.com.au/news/explainer/what-metadata-and-how-do-you-maintain-your-privacy>
- Tucker, H., 2015, ‘New data retention laws begin today, this is what you need to know’, News, October 13, Viewed October 18 2015, <http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/new-data-retention-laws-begin-today-this-is-what-you-need-to-know/story-fn5j66db-1227567715454>