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Surveillance


My Health Record – Opting out

Posted on July 19th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, News, Surveillance. 12 comments

UPDATE, 15th November 2018 – Concerns still remain, and the date has been put back again until January 31st 2019

A huge amount has happened since we posted this overview months ago. The government has come under significant pressure, with many calling for the program to be scrapped completely. The privacy officer overseeing the project has resigned. They have embarked on a desperate advertising campaign, and had major level concerns raised by all levels of government, numerous doctors, NGO’s and privacy advocates. (including this thorough overview by a doctor casting doubt on whether basic compliance would even be possible for the average clinic) Of particular concern is section 70 of the My Health Records Act, which empowers the Australian Digital Health Agency to disclose patients’ health information to police, courts and the Australian Taxation Office without a warrant, if they did … Read More »



Honouring the rebel

Posted on May 11th, by Counteractive in Events, News, Surveillance. No Comments

There is this strange feeling in my gut. It’s like a mix of old pain from long ago, and too much caffeine, and an uneasy churn. And it tastes brittle and metallic in my mouth.

It is a quiet unease rising that I don’t have the tools to deal with.

It seems to be how I feel about the state of progressive politics in Australia right now.

I’m in a room with 1000 people who are supposed to be our best and brightest and I am shit scared.

Whilst I am fully aware of the unsustainability of working in panic mode, I FEEL LIKE THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE.

More panic? Probably not.

More something? Hell yes.

Our world is being shot down in flames by inequity and arrogance so breathtaking that…it’s literally breath taking.

And it feels like we are overwhelmingly unprepared and out gunned. Despite the … Read More »



Got insecurity

Posted on June 23rd, by Counteractive in Legal, Resources, Surveillance. No Comments

So many of us knew, or at least suspected, that we are under the level of scrutiny that has now been confirmed. And one of the disturbing things is – not that many people in Australia seem to care… there is a bit of a ‘she’ll be right mate’ and assumption that this is just the way it is… ‘if you have nothing to hide you shouldn’t have anything to worry about’.

Apart from… you know…basic civil liberties, an assumption of innocence and right to privacy.

But whatever.

Prism, and the revelations from the courageous Edward Snowden, of the extent of data tracking done by the NSA concern all of us– certainly in Australia, as revealed by consistent questioning by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, whose office has long sought answers and some vague sense of accountability from ASIO and other agencies. We love … Read More »