Data Expert Warns Encryption Laws could have Catastrophic Outcomes


A University of Wollongong data expert has labeled the government's proposed encryption laws delusional and warns they could have catastrophic consequences.

The changes would force technology companies to help police access encrypted messages.

Professor Katina Michael, from the School of Computing and Information Technology says the powers are unprecedented and have no oversight.

She is speaking to ABC reporter Kelly Fuller.

Citation: Katina Michael with Kelly Fuller, “Rushed Encryption Laws Herald a Watering Down in National Security”, ABC Illawarra: Radio, 6 December 2018,

Facial recognition, law enforcement and the risks for and against

Katrina Dunn of Ideapod interviews Katina Michael of UOW.

Spying on MPs


Katina MichaelUniversity of Wollongong
Eliza HarveyABC Radio


An expectation of privacy- the spying phenomenon. Do law enforcement agencies spy on citizens? Do they have a legitimate right to track someone?

Suggested Citation

Katina Michael and Eliza Harvey. "Spying on MPs" ABC Radio: The World Today (News and Current Affairs Radio) Nov. 2013: 12.25pm-12.30pm.

Crime scene investigations need standards too

There is no typical crime scene – but documenting and collecting evidence is critical to solving the crime.
Consistent practices and procedures to preserve the integrity of material collected from crime scenes have been established in three recently published national forensic standards.
One of the benefits for consumers is that practices and procedures between states and territories will now be consistent. The new standards will for example minimise the disparity of interpretation of DNA samples.
Australia is taking a lead role in establishing forensic standardisation across the globe. Standards Australia has submitted a proposal to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)  for inclusion as an international standard.
The new standards cover
  • the recognition, recording, recovery, transport and storage of material;
  • analysis and examination of materials; and
  • minimizing risk of contamination in products used for DNA purposes.
The Standards Australia Technical Committee CH-041 has been working on developing these standards for a number of years and  will be publishing two more core standards in the next few months.
Consumers Federation of Australia representative Katina Michael has been active on this committee.

More here

Point of View Technology in Law Enforcement

Meantime, UOW's Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention will sponsor an international workshop, Point of View Technology in Law Enforcement, to be held at the University of Sydney on February 22.
The workshop will examine the use of technology in law enforcement and features presentations by UOW's Dr Katina Michael.

Citation: Staff, February 4, 2012, "Point of View Technology in Law Enforcement", Illawarra Mercury, p. 11.