Australia's Privacy Commissioner has shown he'll call out businesses that fail to protect personal data, and now he has the legislative teeth to punish them. But will it happen?
The Full Tilt
Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it.
Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.
The latest changes to Android's app permissions takes a broken model and makes it worse. It's time for a complete overhaul.
We already know information security is in dire shape, so let's get on with fixing it — because we do know how.
More openness in Apple's mobile operating system is great for developers — and an enticement for hackers. Is Apple ready to face its new security challenge?
While the Internet of Things is clearly a security disaster waiting to happen, it could also be a massive opportunity for network management firms in the SMB sector.
Is the cloud the final computing architecture, as NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson claims? Even if it's not, the winners will be the transaction and infrastructure providers.
The idea that the internet generations don't care about privacy is a myth — so talk to them and find out the truth before collecting their personal data.
Yet another failure to tell users directly about security vulnerabilities highlights the need not just for mandatory data breach notification laws, but mandatory notification of security and privacy risks.
Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and the whole "sharing economy" are causing a rush of excitement, but don't confuse that thrill with any of them being good solutions for society's future.
How can long-established enterprise IT vendors adapt to a world where nimble startups provide low-cost easy-to-use services? They can't. They will die.
A serious security flaw affected internet users everywhere, but the Australian government did nothing to help SME and home users understand what was happening.
It's US$104 billion versus US$48 billion, claims HP Enterprise Services — but whether those annual figures are true or not, the bad guys are definitely getting better organised.
Australia's shadow foreign minister wants to give our spooks more tools for fighting domestic terrorism, but she's only re-bleating their discredited clichés.
Mandatory data retention is back on the political agenda, and Australian law enforcement agencies are presenting a new round of ambit claims. Watch out, meanings are being twisted.
We can't afford software with a philosophy, no matter what the platform zealots reckon about security. We need reliable engineering.