U.S. Ups Ante for Spying on Firms

From the Wall Street Journal:  The White House threatened China and other countries with trade and diplomatic action over corporate espionage as it cataloged more than a dozen cases of cyberattacks and commercial thefts at some of the U.S.’s biggest companies. Top administration officials painted a pervasive portrait of the far-reaching costs of espionage—competitive disadvantages, […] Read more »



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The fog of law and cloud computing

From the Sydney Morning Herald:  Data sovereignty and privacy concerns resulting from the extension of US-government mass-surveillance powers raised in an EU report publicised last week should not dissuade Australian businesses from actively considering and adopting cloud computing services, legal experts say. The reach of the US Patriot Act – which essentially compels US companies […] Read more »

Australian Cyber Security Centre will be 95% Defence staffed

From ZDNet:  In Senate Estimates on Monday, Linda Geddes said that when the Australian Cyber Security Centre is first established, “95 percent of staff will be defence”. The acting first assistant secretary for Australia’s Cyber Policy and Homeland Security Division additionally said that the people working in the centre will report back to their own […] Read more »

Obama Presses Cybersecurity Effort

From the Wall Street Journal:  The Obama administration has pressed ahead with its campaign to bolster cybersecurity measures through an executive order while setting the stage for a new battle in Congress over how to ensure computer safeguards at companies that run the electric grid and other key infrastructure. Republicans who last year derailed a […] Read more »

NZ Privacy Commissioner Releases Cloud Guidelines

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner has released two documents designed to assist businesses who are thinking of shifting to cloud based services. The Cloud Computing checklist for small business  summarises a number of steps that small businesses should take to ensure that the privacy of data sent to the cloud is properly protected.  Cloud Computing […] Read more »

BYOD could open businesses to copyright litigation: BSA

From ZDNet:  Most businesses are aware of the repercussions of using pirated or counterfeit software; however, with the consumerisation of IT, many employees may be opening up their employers to increased liability without the business even knowing it. Speaking to ZDNet, Business Software Alliance (BSA) chair Clayton Noble said that while businesses that are purposely […] Read more »

Social Networking Sites to cooperate with Government on complaint handling

From the DBCDE:  Social Networking Sites have agreed to continue promoting user safety as well as undertaking education and awareness raising about antisocial behaviour online under new guidelines announced by the Prime Minister. The Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling on Social Networking Sites commits companies, such as Facebook, Google (YouTube), Yahoo! and Microsoft, to: Set […] Read more »

Aussie data retention so dangerous it’s ‘dynamite’: Berners-Lee

From ZDNet:  A controversial plan to store information about personal internet and telephone usage in Australia has been criticised by the world wide web’s inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Internet service providers and telecommunications companies would be asked to store data that passes through their networks for up to two years under plans being considered by […] Read more »

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 Forbes.com: 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 »

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

From TheConversation.edu.au: 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 »

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 »

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 »