How to bypass Australia's new metadata laws


Now that our metadata laws will be keeping tabs on our emails and text messages, it's important to use a messenger app that destroys any trace of your messages transmissions.

Though our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull led the charge on the metadata laws that have now been introduced in Australia, it was recently revealed that the former Minister for Communications is quite partial to the encrypted messenger app, Wickr (hey, if it's good enough to keep the Prime Minister's messages secret, it's good enough for us).

Wickr uses peer-to-peer encryption to send messages created with randomly-generated, single-use keys that are immediately destroyed after being read.

The company does not store any user data whatsoever, so you don't have to worry about your location or who you contact – messages are simply bound to the device they were sent to.

Wickr is available on iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.

If you're not into Wickr, there are other options available, such as Bleep, from the creators of the BitTorrent protocol, which cuts out the metadata middle-man by using the same P2P technology used for torrenting to send direct messages to users with no stops along the way.

Bleep also allows users to send self-destructing messages, Mission: Impossible-style, so you never have to worry about your friend hanging on to them or manually deleting them yourself.

Bleep is available iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows and Mac OS X.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.