Articles about metadata

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin

Federal police didn't delete all copies of journalist's metadata

In April, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) apologetically promised it would destroy illegally-collected metadata about a journalist. It's now emerged that it botched the job, and didn't until shown the error of its ways. The Commonwealth Ombudsman has published a fresh report [PDF] into the incident, which saw an AFP …
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Speedy roadster for filers hits the road. Don't worry Elon, it's a storage vehicle

Infinite IO has enabled clustering of its metadata accelerators to scale performance. The company, which brands itself infinite io, produces 2U rackmount metadata-accelerating network storage controllers (NSC) that sit in the network between file-accessing servers and NAS arrays. They serve metadata requests from memory, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has reiterated the social network's position that weakening the encryption of messaging apps isn't going to give governments what they want. Governments and law enforcement agencies are increasingly going public with their frustration that encryption prevents them accessing …
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Data analytics startup Iguazio reaps $33m in second funding round

Data analytics startup Iguazio has raised $33m in a B-round. That takes total funding for the three-year-old Israeli firm to $48m. Strategic investors included Verizon Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, CME Ventures and Dell Technologies Capital, plus existing investors Pitango Ventures, Magma Venture Partners and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017
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Telstra wants civil litigants to pay up front for access to metadata

Telstra has put a new wrinkle on Australia's simmering data retention debate by suggesting that it charges for access to retained telecommunications sought by civil litigants. The suggestion is found in Telstra's submission to the government inquiry into whether retained telecommunications data should be made available in …
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UK Home Office spy powers unit pretended it was a private citizen in Ofcom consultation

Exclusive The UK Home Office's Investigatory Powers Unit (HOIPU) anonymously responded to an Ofcom consultation urging the regulator to maintain a "security"-related ban on GSM devices that help people get cheap calls abroad. The HOIPU sent its anonymous response, written as if it came from a private citizen and not a government …
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Canada confiscates snoops' data nets after illegal trawling dragged up too much metadata

Canada's Federal Court has rapped the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's (CSIS) knuckles for retaining too much citizen metadata. Its judgement (in a secret case, with relevant names redacted) was handed down in October and published last Thursday. Justice Simon Noel was more than peeved that the CSIS gathered data …

Australian randoms are chill with Internet data retention

Australians who don't know what the nation spends on defence also don't mind the country's data retention regime. That's according to an Australian National University (ANU) survey that's mostly been written up from the press release but which The Reg has considered a little more deeply. The full report, here, lists out the …
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Law enforcement's next privacy overreach will be the metadata of things

Governments around the world are legislating to collect metadata, usually with the excuse that modern crime-fighting and national security efforts require access to records of citizens' communications. In many nations that's sparked what I call "horizontal" scope-creep, in which, as just one example, the Australian Health …

Telegram Messenger delivers candygrams to stalkers

Updated Mere days after opsec expert The Grugq warned that popular messaging app Telegram Messenger couldn't be regarded as secure, another researcher has demonstrated how its metadata leaks expose users to stalking. Over at Github, Ola Flisbäck offers up a depressing demonstration of just how easy it is to zero in on an individual by …

How NSA continued to spy on American citizens' email traffic – from overseas

Newly revealed documents (not from Snowden this time) show that the NSA has continued to collect Americans' email traffic en masse using overseas offices to get around curbs introduced domestically. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, President Bush authorized the NSA to collect bulk metadata on emails sent by Americans ( …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2015

Australian government hiring guardians of retained metadata

The metadata retention scheme dreamed up by Australia's federal government may be stalled and in a shambles, but the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security isn't waiting for things to go wrong: it's recruiting specialists to watch over the scheme. Turned up by Crikey (which Tweeted it as a search for “contractors”, …
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'Get a VPN to defeat metadata retention' is good advice. Sometimes

With the kind-of-launch of the Australian government's telecommunications data retention regime, there's been a plethora of advice everywhere – from “lad mags” to the tech press to political parties – with one theme: “get a virtual private network” (VPN). Which moves Vulture South to idly wonder: do people know that a VPN on …
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Germany says Ja to data-slurp law 2.0

Germany's Bundestag has voted for a new version of the data retention law that caused so much controversy in the past, with the new regulations approved by 404 to 148 votes, with seven abstentions. The new law will force telcos to store call and email records for 10 weeks, as well as metadata including information about who …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Oct 2015

AGD: silence about metadata retention plans is about security

The Attorney-General's Department has told The Register national security considerations lie behind it discouraging telcos and ISPs discussing their data retention plans. Last week, The Register reported that the department was telling the sector if companies discussed their data retention implementation plans with other …
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Policing the data hinterlands beyond the corporate firewall

Comment For Code42, the answer to the universe and everything is getting more interesting as it moves from protecting business users’ PCs and notebooks to providing data access security and monitoring tools. The US backup company has undergone recent C-level management changes, including making Joe Payne its CEO in July, and its focus …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
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Telcos given a breather to meet Oz metadata retention laws

Australian telcos' complaints about the government's rushed data retention implementation schedule have borne fruit, with the Attorney General's Department offering a deadline extension. Communications Day reports that the offer of a maximum 18-month extension for full compliance was made in a letter sent to members of the …
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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

The NSA has said it will delete its mountain of private telephone records belonging to millions of Americans – just as soon as people stop suing it for having done so. The agency's slurping of phone numbers, the times and dates of calls, and (in some case) the locations of cellphone calls, was exposed in the first-ever leak of …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2015

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