Australia does not sign up to International Telecommunications Regulations on Internet Law

From DBCDE: The Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today confirmed that Australia will not sign a revised international telecommunications treaty on internet law, as it has the potential to fundamentally change the way the internet operates. Over the past two weeks, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) has […] Read more »

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When Banks Are on the Hook for Cyber Theft

From NYT: Banks typically are responsible for losses when personal accounts are hacked. But commercial clients that fall victim to cyber theft have to show that banks didn’t do enough to protect their money. While not axiomatic, it’s generally true that big companies have better security than small businesses, and hackers know this. So small […] Read more »

50 Questions Every Cloud Computing Buyer Needs to Ask

From The folks at Spiceworks recently analyzed the key questions cloud computing buyers need to ask before signing a contract. Here are the four main categories — ranging from basic technical questions to governance, risk and compliance inquiries. “Nuts and Bolts” questions: Can the solution support our OS platforms and run our applications? What […] Read more »

ACCC, eBay seek cloud copyright clarity

ITNews reports that eBay has joined Australia’s competition watchdog in urging the Government to iron out technology-specific “anomalies” in cloud copyright law that could harm the development of cloud services. The two organisations are among 181 so far to make submissions to an Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) issues paper. Submissions were published yesterday. The […] Read more »

Governments Worldwide Asking Google to Hand Over More Data

15 November 2012: There is more uncomfortable news for people concerned about information security and the privacy of their e-mail accounts after the F.B.I. investigation that led to the resignation of the C.I.A. director, David H. Petraeus. The New York Times reports that the number of government requests to Google to hand over user account […] Read more »

Service Level Agreements in cloud computing

30 September 2012:  Keith Bates of has put together a short article explaining the risks of signing up to cloud computing services without fully understanding the terms and conditions contained in provider’s Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Bates has warned against the tendency of some businesses to simply skim over the terms of these SLAs […] Read more »

Lawyers increasingly engaged in procurement of cloud services

18 September 2012:  The Age Online reports that Microsoft’s cloud principal program manager, Jeff Woolsey, has confirmed that many businesses are now seeking comprehensive legal advice before adopting cloud computing services. Mr Woolsey states that ”[Customers want to] understand how much or how little risk it is, or if it’s even a concern.” Mr Woolsey also […] Read more »

Cloud computing security fears allaying?

13 September 2012: reports that a survey from video platform providers Qumu has revealed that an increasing number of IT professionals are considering moving to cloud computing platforms, citing improved security as the main reason.  30% of those surveyed said that better security integration was one of the key benefits of moving to the […] Read more »

US beats Australia in data-protection laws: Microsoft

13 September 2012:   ZDNet reports that data-protection laws are better in the US than in Australia, and concerns around data sovereignty in the cloud are unwarranted, according to Microsoft technical evangelist Rocky Heckman. He was speaking at Microsoft’s TechEd conference in the Gold Coast. Data sovereignty is still a big hurdle for public cloud […] Read more »

CSA Presents Privacy Level Agreement Initiative at European Parliament

5 September 2012:  The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has announced a working group to support EU data protection regulators’ recommendation on cloud computing. Data privacy and protection remains a major impediment to the broad adoption of Cloud services. In an effort to help Cloud Service Providers and potential Cloud customers objectively evaluate privacy standards, and […] Read more »

CSA Announces Open Security Framework for Cloud Providers

20 August 2012:  The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has announced additional details of its Open Certification Framework, and its partnership with the British Standards Institution (BSI). This partnership will ensure the Open Certification Framework is in line with international standards and is based upon a comprehensive certification process. The CSA Open Certification Framework is an […] Read more »

Copyright and the Digital Economy – Issues Paper and call for submissions

20 August 2012:  The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released the Issues Paper for their inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy. The Issues Paper is the first formal publication of the Inquiry, intended to help frame discussion and encourage public consultation at an early stage.  It provides background information about copyright in the digital […] Read more »