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Data retention: iiNet slams 'mass surveillance'

Internet service provider iiNet has again condemned the government's proposed data retention scheme as "mass surveillance". In a response to a government consultation paper on the scheme, the ISP also takes issue with what it describes as ambiguity regarding the data that telcos would have to retain.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 October, 2014 13:20

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, iiNet, privacy

In brief: IP Australia releases opens patent, trademark data

IP Australia, the government agency that processes trademark and patent applications, has released a range of datasets related to intellectual property rights.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 October, 2014 10:19

Tags: open data

Government policy mandates 'cloud first' for agencies

Government agencies must adopt cloud where it is "fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money" when obtaining new ICT services or replacing existing services under an updated cloud computing policy released yesterday.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 October, 2014 08:30

Tags: Cloud, government, cloud computing

Wikileaks accuses intelligence watchdog of misleading Senate inquiry

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused an Australian government agency of giving misleading evidence to a parliamentary inquiry.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 October, 2014 10:27

Tags: Julian Assange, wikileaks

No break-up of NBN Co – yet: Turnbull

The government has indicated in its initial response to the third Vertigan panel report, which was released last night and includes an assessment of competition settings for the telco market, that it has no short-term plans to break up NBN Co.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 October, 2014 07:41

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, Networking, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, broadband

Brandis denies ‘overreach’ on national security laws

Attorney-general George Brandis has said that the government has not overreached with its national security laws and that it has crafted an “appropriate legislative response to the current threat” of terrorism

By Rohan Pearce | 01 October, 2014 14:40

Tags: data rentention, George Brandis, ASIO, privacy, hacking

Greens seek to limit ASIO hacking powers

Greens MP Adam Bandt will be seeking to amend a number of controversial provisions in the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, including a measure that could potentially allow ASIO to monitor an unlimited number of devices using a single computer access warrant

By Rohan Pearce | 30 September, 2014 16:46

Tags: civil liberties, ASIO

First wave of .melbourne domain names go live tomorrow

The first collection of second-level domains using the new .melboune top-level domain will be live on the Internet from tomorrow.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 September, 2014 13:52

Tags: domain, gTLD, domain names

Fewer Australian govt requests for user data, Microsoft reports

Amid fierce debate about measures to force telcos to retain data and the sweeping expansion of ASIO's powers to access computer systems, software vendor Microsoft has reported a decline in the number of requests from Australian government agencies seeking to access user data.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 September, 2014 11:34

Tags: Microsoft, privacy

New ASIO laws an 'outrageous attack on press freedom': Union

The union representing journalists has described new national security laws passed last night by the Senate as an "outrageous attack on press freedom".

Vodafone plans to log what websites customers visit

Vodafone has revealed it is working a project that will record for up to 90 days what online services customers access.

Coalition, Labor back boost in ASIO's powers

Coalition and Labor senators have combined to pass the government's first tranche of national security legislation.

Senate rejects attempt to limit ASIO hacking powers

The Senate has rejected an attempt by the Greens to impose a limit on the number of devices that can be covered by a single computer access warrant obtained by ASIO.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 September, 2014 14:14

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, ASIO

Website blocking scheme not a filter, Comms Dept says

Government agencies issuing notices under section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 asking Internet services providers to block websites does not constitute "a policy of broad-based internet filtering", the Department of Communications has argued.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 September, 2014 14:22

Tags: censorship, civil liberties, section 313, telecommunications act, internet filter

TasWater archives to deal with data deluge

Tasmanian bulk water authority TasWater is implementing tiered storage to better manage its growing data volumes.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 September, 2014 13:04

Tags: Archiving, disaster recovery, storage, backup, back up

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