Archive for May, 2011
Monday, May 30th, 2011
National Cyber Security Awareness Week starts today and runs to 3 June. It is an initiative of the Australian Government, with a number of government agencies and business becoming involved in partnership.
This year it has added significance with internet security breaches increasing, including high profile security breaches involving Sony and Vodafone customers.
The aim of National Cyber Security Awareness Week is to protect online security and online privacy. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published a summary of some simple things that everyone can do to improve online security:
Tags: Internet Security, IT Law, National Cyber Security Awareness Week, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Privacy Law, Privacy Lawyer, technology lawyer
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
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Thursday, May 19th, 2011
The ACCC has fined Singtel Optus Pty Ltd $178,000 for misleading conduct arising out of its ‘Max Cap’ marketing campaign.
The ACCC’s view is that the Optus’ Max Cap advertisements:
The advertisements at issue contained the Max Cap $49, which wasn’t a cap, but rather the minimum a customer would need to spend.
In commenting on the conduct of concern to the ACCC, acting ACCC Chairman Mr Peter Kell said:
“If you advertise a service as a ‘$49 Max Cap’ when $49 is the minimum that consumers have to pay, then you risk breaching the law by misleading consumers about the cost of the service,” and “Claims that a service allows consumers to call ‘anyone’ are likely to be misleading if the reality is that some types of calls are excluded“.
All ISPs and Telcos should have a process in place to review advertisements, not only to ensure compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 but also the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code.
Tags: Competition and Consumer Act 2010, technology lawyers, Telco Law, Telecom Lawyers, telecommunications law, Telecommunications Lawyers
Monday, May 16th, 2011
The Internet Commerce Association (ICA), the peak body representing domain name investors and developers, has filed its letter of comment to ICANN concerning the revised Verisign contract for the operation of the .Net registry.
As part of the contract review process, ICANN is being lobbied by intellectual property owners to implement a draconian Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system in the .Net space.
The URS has been proposed for new GTLDs, and there are now moves to introduce it into the .Net space by intellectual property holders.
The ICA is opposed to the implementation of the URS. In the ICA’s letter to ICANN it argues that (in relation to the URS):
Among its submissions the ICA also says:
To view a full copy of the ICA submissions click here.
Thursday, May 12th, 2011
In one of the largest acquisitions in recent history Microsoft is set to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion.
Microsoft hopes to use the acquisition to bolster its real time communications strategy to supplement Lync, Outlook, Messenger, Hotmail and Xbox LIVE
In 2010 Skype was reported to have ’170 million connected users and over 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations’.
According to Microsoft, ‘Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms‘.
While Microsoft has pledged to continue supporting non Microsoft platforms, critics have claimed that the acquisition could eventually lead to Skype only being supported on Microsoft platforms.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Social networking sites pose privacy concerns for their users – in recent times websites such as Facebook have had to revamp privacy settings to help people protect their privacy.
Do you know what you can do to protect your privacy on social networking sites ?
As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2011, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities have set out a simple list of tips to help:
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
As part of Privacy Week, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities have released an animation and e-survey to learn more about privacy and social networking.
The emergence of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and others raise new challenges to privacy. Provide your feedback today, and complete the survey.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
auDA, the Australian Domain Name Regulator has today released the draft recommendations of the 2010 Names Policy Panel for public comment.
The 2010 Names Policy Panel (“the Panel”) have considered the following policies (as part of auDA’s request for a review):
Public comment on the draft recommendations will be open until Friday 10 June 2011. A full copy of the draft recommendations are available from the auDA website.
The draft recommendations clearly show a reluctance by the auDA Panel to change the excessively regulated .au domain space. Among some of the draft recommendations, the Panel has recommended that:
The public are encouraged to provide feedback to the Panel – a copy of the draft recommendations can be found here.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
Sony executives have apologised for a security breach, which occurred in April 2011, in which approximately 1.5 million Australian Playstation user accounts were compromised by hackers.
It has been claimed that hackers reportedly stole close to 280,000 credit card numbers from Playstation users, who have accounts to enabling online game play.
Following the security compromise Sony shutdown the system on 20 April 2011, but has only now admitted to the security compromise which has shaken the confidence of Playstation users, and has prompted concern by the Government and privacy authorities.
In recent days, claims have arisen that, the stolen credit card information has been offered for sale in underground hacker forums.
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Cooper Mills Lawyers is once again proud to partner with the The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to promote Privacy Awareness Week 2011.
Privacy Awareness Week was launched today, with the aim of encouraging people to exercise their privacy rights and to take steps to make sure their personal information is handled in accordance with the law.
As part of Privacy Awareness Week, The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has timetabled a week of events as follows: