Metadata and Cyber-Surveillance

Surveillance in cyberspace isn’t necessarily a new thing, we’re just becoming more aware of who is housing all of this information. Every move we’ve ever made in the internet has been tracked and stored somewhere. Only then, we didn’t know who had that information. The difference now is that we do, for the most part. Just remember though, just because information is being collected and stored, it doesn’t mean anything is really happening to it. No matter what the data is, it’s proved much cheaper to gather and store it than filter through it (Mitew, 2014).

This surveillance is making people more wary though. Are people beginning to feel unsafe when they access cyberspace? Early in the year, the Australian government passed a highly controversial data retention law that permits phone and internet providers to store up to two years worth of the users metadata. The laws permit a large number of security and policing agencies to access this metadata to thwart acts of terrorism and prevent serious crime.

Do you think it will work?


Mitew, T 2014, Dark Fiber: Hackers, Botnets, Cyberwar [Part 1], Online Video, YouTube,


3 thoughts on “Metadata and Cyber-Surveillance”

  1. I wrote about a similar topic, it’s really hard to come to a conclusion because the government is saying one thing and the media is saying another. Do you think that the government will misuse this information, and if they do will there be consequences?

  2. Interesting question you have put forward. Do we really need to be concerned with the fact that our information is being gathered and stored at all? I mean, like you mentioned, it is far cheaper to gather the info than it is to go through it all and filter out the information that is relevant to what they need. I know when I was younger I certainly didn’t consider the consequences when posting online but now I do. This doesn’t make me scared at all as data collection isn’t new, it was around even before the internet gained popularity it’s just easier now than it used to be. I personally am not all that concerned with what information has been collected and stored as I believe the majority of the time it is for fairly harmless reasons (marketing) it is more when the government is involved you start to question why they want this information and thats a whole other can of worms. Good blog

  3. I really want to know your opinion on the matter. And asking whether or not it can work is a mighty question, one that I’m afraid I can’t answer without extensive research. Even then, there’s a good chance the general population may never know how well this plan of data retention will work in catching acts of terrorism and serious crime. Perhaps a better question to ask is whether or not we all think it is right or ethical?

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