ACMA Consultation: Options for calls to freephone and local rate numbers

From the ACMA:  The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has started a public consultation process to identify the best way to achieve the following objectives: To make calls from mobile phones to freephone (1800) numbers free; To make calls from mobile phones to local rate numbers (13/1300) numbers cost no more than a […] Read more »

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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 »

Biggest Changes to Privacy Laws in over 20 Years

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, passed Parliament today, and is due to come into effect in March 2014.  The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, says the new laws are an important milestone for privacy laws in Australia.  He is confident the reforms will enhance the protection of peoples’ personal information. The reforms mean […] Read more »

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 »

ASIC’s areas of focus for 31 December 2012 financial reports

ASIC today released the results of its reviews of financial reports for years ended 30 June 2012 and announced its areas of focus for 31 December 2012 financial reports.ASIC Commissioner, Mr John Price said ‘Preparers of financial reports should continue to focus on reporting performance particularly in challenging economic circumstances. Focus areas include recognition of […] Read more »

Unlimited government and police privacy control of the internet? There’s no filter for that.

From Good news. A decision made earlier this month by Australia’s Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy may have inadvertently opened the door for unlimited government and police control of the internet. On November 9, Senator Stephen Conroy said: Australia’s largest ISPs [internet service providers] have been issued with […] Read more »

ACCC starts legal proceedings against Harvey Norman franchisees

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court in Sydney against eleven Harvey Norman franchisees for allegedly misrepresenting consumer rights. The Harvey Norman franchisees are: Avitalb Pty Limited, located in Albany, Western Australia Bunavit Pty Limited, located in Bundall, Queensland Camavit Pty Limited, located in Campbelltown, New South Wales Gordon […] Read more »

Half of internet users unsure if internet content is legal

Nearly half of all internet users are unsure whether the content they are accessing online is legal, Ofcom research has found. However, one in six people online believed they downloaded or accessed content illegally over a three-month period this year. The findings come from the first wave of a large-scale consumer study into the extent […] Read more »

Defamation case withdrawn by energy giant

The ABC reports that Grid Australia – the body representing the owners of the nation’s transmission networks – has dropped a defamation claim against New South Wales grazier Bruce Robertson, after initially starting proceedings against him for comments he made about the electricity industry.  Now one energy researcher believes the reputation of the industry has […] 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 »

Australian man wins defamation case against Google over images published online

The Australian reports that a man has won a landmark defamation law case against Google after images of him were published alongside gangland figures including drug baron Tony Mokbel. The man – who has lived in Australia for 42 years also claimed that a Google search for his name brought up stories about an unsolved […] Read more »

2GB breaches privacy provisions of code

30 October 2012:  The licensee of Sydney Radio station 2GB, Harbour Radio Pty Ltd, has been found in breach of the the privacy provisions of the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice Act 2011. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found that the broadcast on the Ray Hadley Morning Show on 25 November 2011 of a […] Read more »