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skegg (666571) writes "Frustrated journalist Ben Grubb has documented his attempts at gaining access to his own metadata from his carrier. "After more than a year of phone calls and emails and a private mediation session, it still hasn't released the information or answered my one key question satisfactorily: the government can access my Telstra metadata, so why can't I?" top
Contents of footballer's phone, iPad downloaded by customs
skegg (666571) writes "Revelations of performance enhancing drug use amongst some Australian athletes has brought this subject to centre stage in recent years. Amendments to legislation now give the government anti-doping body broad powers to 'compel' suspected individuals to hand over, well, anything related to an investigation. And when a well known football player recently passed through customs it appears that just happened, with the sportsman allegedly having the contents of his phone and iPad downloaded." top
Major Australian Retailer Accused of Selling Infec
skegg (666571) writes "A court in France has ordered a man to pay 10,000 euro in damages to his long-frustrated ex-wife after he failed in his marriage "duties" by withholding sex from her for years. Is this every Slashdotter's dream — court-mandated sex — or a nightmare waiting to happen?" Link to Original Source top
Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates
skegg (666571) writes "Westfield Group, one of the largest shopping centre (mall) operators in the world, has launched a find-my-car iPhone app. The system uses a series of license plate reading cameras dotted throughout their multi-level car parks. Westfield said police could also use it to find stolen or unregistered vehicles. (Hello, slippery slope.) Initially launched in just one Sydney centre, it will be rolled-out to others if the trial is successful." Link to Original Source top
skegg (666571) writes "Despite the millions spent on security and the clamp down on our rights, a security camera at Sydney Airport failed to record a brawl in which a man was bashed to death with a bollard. In fact, the jury has heard evidence from an airport employee that the camera had been out of order for "at least two years". Security theatre at its finest?" Link to Original Source top
skegg (666571) writes "With the incumbent party expected to suffer a landslide defeat in the upcoming elections, The Daily Telegraph reports: "Thousands of politically sensitive documents and computer files are being destroyed by NSW Labor Government staffers intent on leaving no damaging traces of its 16 years in power." The Telegraph also reveals insights from a NSW State Records report covering best practices for making records go away, including: shredding, crushing, incinerating, chemical recycling, and more. Who would have thought a government could be so efficient?" Link to Original Source top
skegg (666571) writes "We recently discussed the Australian Classification Board's decision to refuse Mortal Kombat any classification, effectively banning its sale in Australia. Now we find that same Board has given Ubisoft's We Dare a rating of PG; a game which even its creator advertises thusly." Link to Original Source top
skegg (666571) writes "A renowned Sydney photographer says spontaneous images in public spaces are becoming increasingly difficult to capture and that fears about paedophilia and terrorism are largely to blame." Link to Original Source top
skegg (666571) writes "During tonight's budget reading, the Australian Treasurer announced plans to spend $AUD467 million (about $USD418 million) introducing electronic health records for all Australians. Participation will be optional, and individuals will control who can access and update their records. For now. So what's the latest scoop regarding e-health records in your country? Should Australians embrace this initiative or fight it? Are there any measures we should put in place sooner rather than later?" top
skegg (666571) writes "Despite stories of its netfilterbackdown it seems the Australian Government's censorship plans are alive and well... with a little something extra. The Government is now promising to use its internet censorship regime to block websites hosting and selling video games that are not suitable for 15 year olds. From the article: "Colin Jacobs, spokesman for the online users' lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said the Government clearly went far beyond any mandate it had from the public to help parents deal with cyber-safety... 'This is confirmation that the scope of the mandatory censorship scheme will keep on creeping'"." top
skegg (666571) writes "Following a security scare, a major Australian bank cancelled thousands of credit cards belonging to its customers. The article mentions one customer unable to leave a store as she spent 40 minutes on the phone trying to sort out the mess. Do incidents like this teach us anything about preparing for a cashless society? Is a purely cashless society even possible by today's technology standards?" Link to Original Source top
skegg (666571) writes "In this AP article, a Singapore teenager has pleaded guilty to tapping into a neighbor's wireless Internet network. What makes this story interesting is that the judge asked if he would be willing to enlist early for the mandatory national service "as a way to stay out of mischief"... the teenager agreed. Is this a fair use of national service?"