The prospect of losing a smidgen of the data hoovered up by law enforcement has worried one police chief enough to effectively 'terror Godwin' the entire conversation, which shows that good is happening with privacy, for a change.
Chris Duckett dispenses with "trends", "magic quadrants" and other salesbot speak to investigate what is really the foundation of IT: source code.
Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.
The conditions are ripe for businesses and services to do away with wanting to get their hands on as much of their users' information as possible.
It's a scared new world, where all Australians are tracked for two years on the off chance that they turn bad.
When NBN Co changed its metric to measure brownfields passed last year, the waters were muddied because it was not possible to equate apples with apples.
As the parade of new devices from MWC marches past, for the South Korean juggernaut, this week will be more important than most.
With many governments around the world looking to consolidate communications surveillance as a central tenet of society, security expert Mikko Hyppönen has put forward the idea of transparency reports on what governments do with metadata.
An explosion of operating system choices has appeared at CES 2015 -- a shame that it is in an area where agility does not occur, and stability is key.
Google has released the first stable version of its Android integrated development environment, and, going forward, it will be the platform for Android development.
The past year has shown that each and every person is less secure than they thought on January 1, 2014, and for popping that bubble, we should be thankful.
The days of highly integrated, one-brand-fits-all computing are ending fast, and the challenge for the offcuts is to succeed where their lineage failed. But is the biggest split yet to come?
Having been sold the image of Cupertino as the privacy good guy, and a music collection as a personalised reflection of one's tastes, Apple has overplayed its hand by pushing an album onto its users.
Shaking up lethargic industries is what Apple claims it is best at, and now it says the banks and credit card companies deserve a good shake-up. If it succeeds, it will help more than just iDevice users.
Australia faces a dangerous conflation of technology-driven surveillance and an almost total lack of technical comprehension from the political class.
The music is about to stop on the dancing around the issue of data retention in Australia, and the former government needs to make its plans clear to the electorate.
After sitting at around 1 percent or less of marketshare in many major markets around the world, the Kantar Worldpanel has decided to stop counting BlackBerry as a separate line item, and lump it into the Others category.