The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection says the Privacy Act forces it to ask holders of confidential electronic documents to return them to the department.
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.
Going forward, systemd will be Debian's default init system for Linux distributions, an init system soon to be used by every other major Linux distribution other than Ubuntu.
App developers are creating a honeypot of big data and personal information due to the telemetry found in many mobile apps. It's little wonder that the NSA went after it.
In the coming years, the definition of "difficult" may include the task facing the incoming privacy officer for the NSA.
Far from suffering a hacking incident, the file hosting service fell victim to its update scripts and MySQL infrastructure.
With each Snowden document release, it seems that the only way to avoid the NSA's tendrils is one's own obscurity, and there is so much more yet to be revealed.
By consistently abstracting additional user functionality into a core suite of Google apps, rather than adding it into the Android OS, Google has made Android upgrades almost passé.
The next release of Fedora, HeisenBug, has been delayed due to a number of showstopper bugs in the installer.
Java and Android IDE arrives with Java EE 7 support and improves from Android Studio collaboration.
Google looks to take C and C++ across the web with its Portable Native Client.
A long-term view is helpful when dealing with the ongoing bloodsport known as mobile operating system market share.
Windows Phone continues its merry march of picking up users at the expense of mobile operating systems that are neither iOS or Android.
The search giant has announced unfettered support for one of the world's most popular, and most derided, scripting languages.
Despite seeing massive growth over past three years, data used on mobile devices makes up only 3 percent of all data downloaded by Australians, as the domination of fixed-line broadband goes unchallenged.
Short of enforcing privacy laws on app store curators, it is doubtful that the developers will implement the otherwise worthy privacy protections.