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Yahoo Hit With $2.7B Verdict In Mexican Court Case; Will Appeal

Yahoo this afternoon said a Mexican court has ordered the company to pay $2.7 billion in a case filed by a pair of companies that publish telephone directories. The verdict was issued by the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District of Mexico City, in a case filed by Worldwide Directories S.A. de C.V. and Ideas […] 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

ACMA launches court action against TPG Internet

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has filed proceedings against TPG Internet Pty Ltd (TPG Internet) in the Federal Court for alleged failures to give access to the Triple Zero emergency call service. The ACMA alleges that TPG Internet breached the Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Determination 2009 (the Determination) by failing to give certain customers […] 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 »

TIO releases 2011-12 annual report

29 October 2012:  The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has released their 2011-12 annual report.  The report has revealed that, overall, there has been a decrease in the amount of telecommunications complaints made to the TIO compared to last year.  However, the report does show a slight increase in the amount of complaints regarding mobile phone services. […] Read more »

NBN satellite ground station contracts signed

25 October 2012:  Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the signing by NBN Co of ten construction contracts for National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite ground stations. Construction of the ground stations is due to commence early next year, and be completed in 2013.  The locations of eight out of the ten ground stations have been announced. […] Read more »

ACMA action against Tiger Airways breach of the Spam Act

25 October 2012:  The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has accepted and an enforceable undertaking form Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd, as well as payment of a $110 000 enforcement notice from its subsidiary, Tiger Airways Pty Ltd, for failure to unsubscribe customers from its email marketing. Tiger failed to unsubscribe a number of customers despite […] Read more »