Stories by Hamish Barwick


Privacy Act will make organisations 'more transparent': State privacy commissioners

State privacy commissioners around Australia have backed the federal government’s <i>Privacy Act</i> changes, saying that the Act will encourage organisations to be transparent about their management of people’s information.

NSW government releases ICT investment policy for agencies

The NSW government has unveiled a new ICT policy designed to help government agencies with technology investment and planning decisions.

In pictures: Inside the Symantec Melbourne operations centre

Symantec opened the doors to its public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate operations centre in Melbourne recently. The centre is used to verify online identities and generate secret keys. Within Australia, every transaction in Australian Custom’s cargo system is secured and authorised by one of the vendor's gatekeeper certificates.

Caterham F1 drives into the future

Technology is changing so fast in Formula One (F1) racing that even veterans such as Caterham F1 team manager Graham Watson find it hard to keep up.

How YHA Australia reduced costs through virtual desktop infrastructure

Not-for-profit hostel accommodation provider YHA has reported financial and IT support savings, following the rollout of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Tony Simonsen to depart Equinix for Avaya MD role

Equinix Australia managing director Tony Simonsen is due to leave the data centre company for a new role as Avaya Australia and New Zealand managing director next month.

OAIC releases privacy impact assessment guide for consultation

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released an updated privacy impact assessment (PIA) guide for public consultation following the Privacy Act changes which came into law today.

Telstra loses case against ACCC, Vocus Communications and iiNet subsidiaries

Telstra (ASX: TLS) has lost its Federal Court case against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and iiNet (ASX: IIN) subsidiaries over an exchange and underground duct access pricing increase dispute.

Some Australian businesses 'unlikely' to be ready for Privacy Act changes: survey

Some Australian IT professionals have admitted that their organisation won’t be prepared for the Privacy Act amendments which come into effect today, according to the results of a new survey.

Cost of a Privacy Act breach could extend to ongoing audits: legal expert

The Privacy Act amendments come into law in Australia tomorrow (12 March), with serious fines of up to $1.7 million for companies and up to $340,000 for individuals who breach the Act.

Telstra breached privacy of over 15k customers: Privacy Commissioner

An investigation by the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has concluded that Telstra breached three National Privacy Principles (NPPs) after 15,775 phone numbers, names and home addresses contained in spreadsheets were found online via a Google search in May 2013.

In pictures: Metronode unveils Perth 2 data centre

Nextgen Group subsidiary Metronode officially opened its second Perth data centre, Perth 2, this week. The facility has a 2.8 megawatt capacity and a power utilisation efficiency of 1.17.

Computer retailer Penta Group cops Spam Act warning

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has given a formal warning to Sydney-based computer and electronics retailer Penta Group for sending seven marketing emails that did not comply with the Spam Act.

Queensland Rail invites tenders for ICT delivery services panel

Queensland Rail has released a request for offer (RFO) for the establishment of an ICT delivery services and assurance panel.

How NAB improved customer service using the cloud

National Australia Bank (NAB) has reduced call centre inquiries following the implementation of Oracle Service Cloud in 2012.