Brandis: mandatory data retention “under active consideration”

Commonwealth attorney-general George Brandis has given the strongest indication yet that he will seek to introduce a mandatory data retention regime in Australia.

The regime would force internet service providers to retain and store data on all their customers just in case they become the subject of a criminal investigation.

Let me be clear: Continue Reading →

WARNING: historical smoking

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If for some bizarre reason you choose to watch The Monuments Men, George Clooney’s latest, you will be confronted with its warning label.

We’ve all seen them, ‘Rated M for violence’, ‘MA15+ for language’, ‘R18+ for Katherine Heigl.’

Monuments Men, however, is rated PG-13 for… Continue Reading →

Journalists censored under “right” to be forgotten

I’ve previously written about the “right to be forgotten”. FreedomWatch readers may be interested in this piece in today’s Australian ($) on how it is affecting journalists in the EU following the recent invention of the right by the European Court of Justice:

The full consequences of the ECJ decision have become apparent over the past few weeks as newspapers have been notified by Google that the search engine has removed Continue Reading →

Celebrity of the Week: Steve Coogan

cooganWhen I started writing COTW, I thought I’d have the opportunity to offer praise to a celebrity around twice a year between taking shots at Nanny Staters and government-knows-best fools. I have been very pleasantly surprised at the amount of famous people with a decent head on their shoulders, but the glory run has come to an end. Continue Reading →