The ACMA today reported that Grays (NSW) Pty Limited the operator of Graysonline.com was fined $165,000 for sending commercial marketing emails in breach of the Spam Act.
The fine arose from a promotion of the GraysEscape website, for which ‘Grays sent messages without an opt-out facility and to some people who had previously withdrawn their consent to receiving marketing messages.‘.
ACMA Deputy Chairman Richard Bean issued a warning to businesses and highlighted the risks in emarketing:
This conduct involved a conscious decision by an experienced e-marketer. The consequences of getting it wrong can be severe—from potential penalties such as this, to damaging your reputation.
The ACMA recently published the results of a report into public awareness of malware, which showed that 49% of people didn’t believe that they would be a victim of malware.
Malware is short for ‘malicious software’ and includes threats such as trojans, worms, keyloggers and ransonware.
The ACMA report also found that 18% of computer users either had no protective software or did not update the protective software that they had, while 88% of people provide financial information online.
The results of the research highlight the public ignorance of serious online threats.
In a ceremony hosted at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington New Zealand on 17 September, the winners of the 2013 ANZIAs were announced.
Many of the award winners were leaders in their field, including the winners of the Innovation Category, the CSIRO and The National Museum of Australia, which developed robots to allow the remote viewing of the museum via the internet.
The awards were hosted by Internet NZ and au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA).
The winners and high commended entrants were as follows:
The 2013 ANZIA Winners and highly commended entrants are:
Internet Access & Digital Skills: WorkVentures Ltd
Highly Commended: Open Universities Australia
Security & Privacy:
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (Security)
Mega Ltd (Privacy)
Information: Wiki New Zealand
Highly Commended: The Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne
Diversity: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association
Highly Commended: Cultural Infusion
Innovation: CSIRO and The National Museum of Australia
Highly Commended: Infoxchange
In a recent review of website privacy policies, the Privacy Commissioner found that of the websites reviewed privacy policies averaged 2600 words, and accordingly were too long.
The Privacy Commissioner also found that:
- 83% of surveyed websites had issues in the following areas, ‘easy to find’, ‘easy to read’, ‘contacts for further information’, relevance and length.
- 50% of privacy policies were difficult to read;
- 65% of privacy policies contained information which was not relevant to the handling of personal information and potentially confusing.
New privacy laws are due to come into operating in approximately 8 months, and the Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says that:
‘With only 8 months to go until new privacy laws commence, organisations should be looking at their privacy policies now to ensure they comply with the new requirements. Organisations need to focus on these requirements and be open and transparent about their privacy practices. This will give people a better understanding of how their personal information will be handled so that they can make an informed decision about doing business with the organisation.’
Following a detailed industry panel review, auDA has implemented the recommendations of the 2012 Industry Advisory Panel by publishing Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy (2013-02).
The policy regulates transfers between auDA Accredited Registrars, and now accommodates bulk transfers between registrars, in order to promote competition.
The new clause 7 of the policy states in part:
7.1 Bulk transfers by registrars are only permitted:
a) for a minimum of 1,000 domain names at a time; and
b) with the prior written consent of auDA.
Circumstances in which auDA may consent to a bulk transfer include where the gaining registrar has acquired the losing registrar’s business, or where the gaining registrar and the losing registrar are related entities.
The amended policy comes into force today, 31 May 2013.
Global internet regulator ICANN has announced that it has now approved the new GTLD .melbourne, making it one of the first new Australian GTLD applications to be approved.
All new GLTD need to pass an evaluation process before approval. The approval of .melbourne brings this new GTLD a step closer to going live.
The Victorian Government has not yet announced what the cost or eligibility criteria will be for the new extension, but it is anticipated that registration will only be open to businesses with a physical presence in Melbourne, Victoria.
Following a successful tender process Melbourne based ARI Registry Services won the tender to provide registry services for .melbourne. ARI Registry Services is part of the Ausregistry Group who provide registry services for .au domains.