APRA to Increase Cyber Security Regulation Despite no Material Cyber Security Breaches in Financial Services

APRA — an independent statutory authority that supervises institutions across banking, insurance and superannuation — has promised to increase cyber security regulations, even going as far to extend its regulatory reach from 680 entities to over 17,000 entities. One would that think such “regulatory intervention” is based on evidence of its existing cyber security regulation … Read more

The EU Giveth Digital Privacy & the EU Taketh Digital Privacy

In a previous post, I wrote that, “Digital privacy regulations don’t tend to prohibit government mass surveillance, although there is at least one exception. (And the exception isn’t a panacea nor a pathway for other countries such as Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, and Canada.)“ The exception was the European Court of Justice banning the … Read more

The Road to Digital Serfdom

In my previous blog post, I outlined an approach to ending government mass surveillance, suggesting a rights-based means by which government mass surveillance can be ended. In this blog post, I want to write about the slow erosion of rights over time. What is a right? The answer isn’t simple, and hence I’m not going … Read more

Thoughts on Ending Government Mass Surveillance: Why I was Wrong

When the Snowden revelations were released in June 2013, my passion for digital privacy was re-ignited. I’d always had an anti-authority streak in me, something I learnt from my father. My father taught me never to simply accept what people in power say, especially people in any government. Respect was to be earned, not simply … Read more