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Audit uncovers Medicare data snafus

An audit of Medicare's customer database has found a small number of cases of 'intertwined' customer records where two people's records have been combined, giving rise to "privacy and clinical safety risks", according to an auditor-general report tabled today.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 April, 2014 15:36

Tags: data integrity, data, security, Department of Human Services, medicare, privacy

Should Australians prepare for rubber-hose cryptanalysis?

So Australians probably don't need to worry about getting their kneecaps broken if they don't hand over their private encryption keys just yet, but the Australian Crime Commission wants changes to the law in order to make it easier for law enforcement to decrypt secret communications.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 April, 2014 10:59

Tags: TIA inquiry, security, Australian Crime Commission, Lavabit, data retention, encryption, Scott Ludlam, privacy

Data retention: Just like diamonds, metadata is forever

Appearing today before a Senate inquiry, law enforcement agencies have confirmed that there is no legal obligation on them to destroy so called 'metadata' gathered from warrantless surveillance.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 April, 2014 14:31

Tags: TIA inquiry, security, Australian Crime Commission, data retention, Scott Ludlam, privacy

Telcos seek to strengthen NBN Co wholesale restrictions

Major telcos and Internet service providers including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and iiNet have pushed for clarity on some aspects of NBN Co’s wholesale role and the tightening of restrictions that prevent the company rolling out the National Broadband Network from supplying services to end users.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 April, 2014 12:58

Tags: TPG, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, iiNet, Telstra

NBN Co seeks ‘early resolution’ of TPG fibre threat

The company in charge of rolling out and operating the National Broadband Network has called for a speedy resolution to the issue of infrastructure-based competition.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 April, 2014 10:29

Tags: TPG, nbn co, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), Telstra

Court slaps TPG with $400k fine over 000 failure

TPG has been fined $400,000 after court action taken by the Australian Communications and Media Authority relating to the telco's failure to provide triple zero access to all of its customers.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 April, 2014 14:16

Tags: australian communications consumer action network, emergency services, TPG Internet, TPG, ACMA, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Lycamobile issued warning for over-charging customers

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued a formal warning to MVNO Lycamobile for over-billing customers for more than two and a half years.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 April, 2014 13:28

Tags: mobile virtual network operator, MVNO, Lycamobile, mobile phones, ACMA, Australian Communications and Media Authority

News Corp migrates first users to Google Apps

News Corp Australia has migrated its first major group of users to Google Apps. In an email sent to staff yesterday, chief technology officer Tom Quinn wrote that 180 technical team members had been migrated to the new platform.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 April, 2014 15:26

Tags: News Corporation, Cloud, cloud computing, Software as a service, news corp, Google Apps

It's war: NBN Co responds to TPG's FTTB rollout

NBN Co's new chief executive, Bill Morrow, has warned that buildings that sign up for TPG's new fibre-to-the-basement rollout run the risk of being stuck with a single retail service provider.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 April, 2014 12:43

Tags: cherry picking, TPG, national broadband network, Fibre to the building, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, fttp, cherry-picking legislation, fibre to the basement

Telco deregulation: Price controls, phone sex on the table

The government has revealed the scope of a proposed second tranche of telco deregulation, with Telstra to benefit from many elements of a proposed Telecommunications Deregulation Bill No.1 2014.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 April, 2014 11:10

Tags: deregulation, Telco, Telecommunications

EscapeNet enjoys life as an indie ISP

Australia's Internet service provider market has gone through an extended period of consolidation.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 April, 2014 10:00

Tags: Networking, national broadband network, Internet service providers, broadband

TPG pushes unlimited NBN fibre plans

Internet service provider TPG has launched its National Broadband Network plans, with all six of the offers including unlimited data quotas. The plans are TPG's first NBN offerings; the ISP foreshadowed offering an unlimited NBN data plan in 2012, but it hasn't started to sign up customers for NBN services until now.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 April, 2014 09:42

Tags: cherry picking, TPG, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), fibre to the premise, cherry-picking legislation, NBN

Execs out the door as Morrow begins NBN Co transformation

The chief financial officer, chief technology officer and head of corporate and commercial are all leaving NBN Co, the company charged with rolling out the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 April, 2014 13:53

Tags: Bill Morrow, national broadband network, nbn co

GPT's breakneck cloud transition

For an enterprise to completely ditch on-premise hardware for the cloud is a radical step. To do so in the space of a year might be considered a little unhinged.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 April, 2014 13:13

Tags: amazon, Amazon Web Services, AWS, Cloud, cloud computing

NBN: Good-bye FTTP, we hardly knew ye

The Coalition government today signed the death warrant for the roll out of a predominantly fibre-to-the-premises-based National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 April, 2014 14:50

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, national broadband network, nbn co, NBN

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