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Friday, 31/10/2014


On metadata legislation and used-car salesmanship

Australia's proposed data-retention laws still leave too many questions unanswered. Turnbull and Brandis must fill in the blanks.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Film studios could use retained data to sue torrenters

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that copyright holders could sue ISPs to get hold of data retained as part of the government's mandatory data-retention regime.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Telcos relieved at limited scope and cost of data retention law

Police will use new laws requiring customers' phone and internet records to be stored for two years to target terrorists, child abusers and potentially illegal music and movie downloaders.

Source: SMH


Thursday, 30/10/2014


Secret government briefing admits metadata law cost and warns of 'internet tax' campaign

A leaked copy of a Coalition party room submission admits there is a cost attached to data retention and the government is anticipating a campaign against the laws that will describe it as an "internet tax".

Source: SMH


Optus beefs up home bundles

New home phone and internet bundles from Optus include Fetch TV.

Source: iTWire


Govt blasted over data retention laws

The Australian Government has "crossed the line" by trying to "rush through" legislation that will force telcos and service providers to retain customer metadata for two years, according to industry and political opponents of the bill.

Source: iTnews Australia


Turnbull introduces data retention legislation

The Coalition Government has introduced legislation governing the mandatory retention of telco metadata into Parliament - a bill that does not provide any explanation of what data is to be stored.

Source: iTnews Australia


Mandatory data retention legislation hits the Australian parliament

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this morning introduced legislation that will force telecommunications companies to retain customer data for two years.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Wednesday, 29/10/2014


iiNet wins Victorian free wi-fi deal

iiNet will build and operate Victoria’s free wi-fi network under a $6.7 million deal with the state government and Melbourne City Council.

Source: iTnews Australia


Free public Wi-Fi network coming to Victoria

The Victorian government and iiNet have announced a free public Wi-Fi network in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo.

Source: Computerworld


iiNet outflanks NBN Co with 100Mbps downloads in Geelong

iiNet is taking the fight to NBN Co in Geelong with download speeds of up to 100Mbps in a bid to cash in on unmet demand in the area.

Source: ARN


Today is stop Data Retention Day

A group led by three senators will gather at Parliament House today to protest against the Government’s plans to force telcos and ISPs to store customer data.

Source: iTWire


Telstra CIO resigns

Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge has resigned and will leave the company in a month’s time, the telco has confirmed.

Source: iTnews Australia


Telstra, NBN Co back in court this April

NBN Co and Telstra will this April resume their argument over consumer-price-index (CPI) adjustments in the companies' $11 billion agreement.

Source: Computerworld


'Camouflaged' internet concerns the Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police has said that the use of virtual private networks and other methods for people to anonymise themselves on the internet is a continuing concern for the law-enforcement agency.

Source: ZDNet Australia