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Decision imminent: UN determination on arbitrary detention of Julian Assange

Friday morning Australian time, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) will make a determination on the case of Julian Assange.

The mandate of the Working Group is to determine if individuals have been subjected to detention that is arbitrary or inconsistent with binding international obligations of the states in question.

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Data Breach Legislation - where is it George?

In the midst of the shambolic mandatory data retention debate, the government assured everyone that they would legislate a mandatory data breach scheme in 2015 - a measure that had been debated in the senate since 2013.

This measure would require governments and business would be to notify people if they'd suffered a security breach and data was compromised.

We're still waiting.

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Face up: “The Capability” will be a major digital rights campaign in 2016

The Turnbull Government appears intent on developing a national facial recognition ‘Capability' after a preliminary Privacy Impact Assessment glossed over the essential risks of the proposal, the Australian Greens said today.

"A string of high-profile global data breaches, serious security flaws in myGov, the backlash against the data retention debacle, these things clearly don't exist in the eternal sunshine of the spotless Attorney General's department," Australian Greens Deputy Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Australian Interactive Games – Funding Metrics

Senator LUDLAM: What do you think the industry needs to recover from that funding loss? I will go to Senator Fifield when he comes back to the table. From your point of view, was it a successful scheme? Whether it is reborn is not up to you guys, but was it a successful scheme from the perspective of the people who were administering it?

Mr Mason: Yes, we would suggest that it was successful in its outcomes and its development.

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Question 2586 - Administered Grants Indexation Pause

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 22 October 2015:

With reference to the 'Administered Grants Indexation Pause' which covers a range of mental health, community broadcasting, social services, education, industry and skills programs introduced in the 2014-15 Budget for three years and extended for another two years in the 2015-16 Budget:

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$300 million to implement, 15 cents to circumvent

Mandatory data retention legislation that costs over $300 million dollars to implement, and around 15 cents a day to circumvent, was due to come into effect today, but most Internet Service Providers have not received a response from the Attorney-General's Department about the plans they were required to submit, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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