Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Data breaches not being discussed by companies: Report

The demand for mandatory data breach notifications in Australia has become louder as advisory firm, KPMG, has found in an annual risk report that some companies are using the lack of legislation as an excuse not to discuss security issues.

NextDC’s Canberra data centre opens for business

NextDC (ASX:NXT) has unveiled its 6000 square metre data centre, known as C1, in Canberra as part of a strategy to target government clients.

OAIC seeks comment on PCEHR privacy, data breach investigations

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is requesting feedback from the Australian public on its draft Enforcement Guidelines for the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records System(PCEHR) Act.

Dell’s Australian data centre coming soon: Kremer

Dell Australia and New Zealand managing director, Joe Kremer, has confirmed at a quarterly business briefing in Sydney that its planned Australian data centre won’t be a “long time away”.

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Windows 8 tablets could upset the Apple cart: Dell

Dell is cautiously rubbing its hands with anticipation over the impending launch of Windows 8 in October 2012, claiming the touch orientated operating system (OS) could offer a real alternative to Apple iOS in the tablet space.

Proposed data retention laws likened to police state: Bendall

Acting Victorian Privacy Commissioner, Anthony Bendall, has slammed the federal government’s proposed two-year Web and telecommunications data retention laws as “characteristic of a police state”.

In pictures: NetApp's new Brisbane office

NetApp recently threw open the doors of its new Brisbane office to customers. According to Queensland Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts, Ros Bates, the vendor has doubled its Brisbane-based staff over the past year to 14.

Telstra Foundation pumps $8m into cyber safety education

A six-year, $8 million program designed to improve cyber safety amongst Australian consumers has been launched by the Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Australian Crime Commission sends out fraud warning letter

In a bid to warn Australian consumers about online and telemarketing investment fraudsters, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and Australia Post have begun a mass mail out to 10 million Australian households.

Accident Compensation Corporation NZ slammed over data breach

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff, has taken the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to task over its August 2011 data breach of 6748 NZ client’s details, saying the Corporation displayed an “almost cavalier attitude” towards data protection.

iseek Communications opens $100m Sydney data centre

Queensland data centre provider, iseek Communications, has expanded into New South Wales with the unveiling of a $100 million Tier III facility at Gore Hill Business Park in North Sydney.

Vodafone NZ deploys 100Gbs data network

Vodafone New Zealand has rolled out what it claims is the fastest data network in the country with a reported speed of 100 gigabits per second (Gbs).

Vocus begins partial phase out of Maxnet name

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has decided to partly rebrand its recent acqusition, New Zealand IT services firm, Maxnet, under the Vocus banner.

Australian Taxation Office calls for greater data surveillance powers

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has requested greater data surveillance powers, including phone tapping, in order to catch fraudsters, according to a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into criminal intelligence gathering.

Coles deploys PayPass across all stores

Australian supermarket operator, Coles, has deployed MasterCard’s PayPass technology across 749 stores, enabling customers with eligible credit cards to pay without having to sign or provide a personal identification number (PIN).