The data retention dragnet will capture the data of innocent Australians and cost millions of dollars, while allowing those who don't want to be caught to remain hidden. The surveillance carries on by at least 21 agencies of executive government. Service providers are now required to retain the full data set as specified in the legislation - that is, they're required to create new data on their customers' activities that they otherwise would never have created. And they're required to store all this retained data securely.
It has been an unhappy week for Australian internet users as the government has recently required mass collection of meta data across the country from phones, text and internet communications. The electronically logged data of mobile, landline voice (including missed and failed) calls and text messages, all emails, download volumes and location information will be mandatorily retained by Australian telcos and ISPs. When you visit a porn site or infidelity site or 'jihadi' content sites, may in effect be discoverable without a warrant.
How to circumvent Australia data retention scheme?
- Use VPN for Australia to change your IP address and location. A destination IP address reveals which web servers a user has accessed and is a form of web browsing history, although it cannot always show specifically what website on that server you were accessing. Here are some VPN tools for those who really want to protect their privacy: Windows VPN or Mac VPN, iOS VPN, Android VPN.
- Use public Wi-Fi hotspots, which aren't covered by the data retention scheme. For example, use the Wi-Fi provided at a council hotspot, library, or university.
- Use a foreign-operated email service, such as Gmail or Hotmail.
- Use a foreign-operated messaging service, such as Google chat, Twitter direct messages, Facebook messenger or Whatsapp.
- Instead of sending a text message, use an encrypted messaging app.