Stories by Hamish Barwick


Mandatory data breach notification on agenda: Privacy Commissioner

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has urged the Coalition government to revisit the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013 which lapsed after a second reading in parliament was delayed during June.

NT police to be given power to destroy child abuse material

Amended legislation has been introduced into the Northern Territory parliament which will give law enforcement agencies the power to destroy all child abuse material, even if a person is found not guilty.

GraysOnline fined $165K for sending spam emails

Grays (NSW) Pty Limited, which runs the GraysOnline shopping websites, has been ordered to pay a $165,000 infringement notice after sending marketing emails that did not comply with the Spam Act.

Social media poses greatest privacy risk: OAIC survey

Nearly half of Australians surveyed by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) cited social media websites as the greatest risk to their privacy.

ANZ Stadium to introduce Wi-Fi service in 2014

ANZ Stadium is implementing a new Wi-Fi network which is set to go live in March 2014.

ASG Group plans data centre sale

IT services company ASG Group (ASX: ASZ) has announced that it plans to sell its Perth data centre in order to reduce debt.

Adobe hit with cyber attack

Cyber criminals have accessed information about 2.9 million Adobe customers including names, encrypted credit card numbers and expiration dates. The attackers also took customer IDs and encrypted passwords.

Allphones ditches paper contracts in favour of digital

Australian telecommunications retailer Allphones has rolled out a digital contract system to more than 100 stores to reduce paper usage and increase security.

Online property rental scam emerges in WA

Western Australia ScamNet is warning renters in the state to watch out for fake rental property ads placed on websites such as Gumtree.

10 per cent of Australians don’t use security software: ACMA

A new report into malware by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that 10 per cent of Australians who access the Internet at home don’t use any security software.

NSW government cracks down on ticket scalping websites

The New South Wales government has announced legislation which could see online marketplaces hit with fines of $5500 if they refuse to remove scalped tickets which are sold for inflated prices.

Eftpos Australia to build new payments hub

Eftpos Australia is building a centralised payments hub which will speed up the rollout of products such as Eftpos contactless for merchants.

In pictures: NextDC’s S1 data centre

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled NextDC’s new S1 facility in Sydney recently. The $150 million five storey co-location data centre will provide 5600 metres of space to government and enterprise customers.

NAB shifts website into Amazon cloud

National Australia Bank (NAB) has moved its customer website from an internal legacy system onto the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

Electronic payments dominate in Australia: study

Eighty-six per cent of consumer transactions in Australia are processed via credit card or mobile payment, according to a new report.