Privacy concerns hold up Australia e-security code

Privacy concerns hold up Australia e-security code

Summary: A code of conduct aimed at preventing compromised computers accessing the internet is being delayed following concerns from the privacy commissioner

TOPICS: Security

In Australia, the finishing touches to an e-security code of conduct designed to prevent compromised computers, also called 'zombies', from accessing the internet is being delayed, following concerns flagged by Australia's privacy commissioner.

It aims to make formal existing voluntary security arrangements that ISPs currently follow under a scheme run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), according to Internet Industry Association chief executive Peter Coroneos. The scheme sees ISPs receive daily reports from the ACMA which the providers can then, voluntarily, use to alert customers.

However, this formalisation was slowed by privacy concerns that were flagged in a public consultation of the draft code, a process which began in September.

For more on this story, see Privacy Commissioner delays zombie code on ZDNet Australia.

Topic: Security

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  • Privacy concerns hold up Australia e-security code

    This should be in effect world wide. Stop the infestation of new users going online, and the spread of zombies, and botnets. Security should precede privacy.
  • Re: Privacy concerns hold up Australia e-security code

    I'm all for correct measures to identify and block all serious abuse of the Internet. Nevertheless, there may be privacy concerns, but so long as the e-code is strictly limited to it's purpose and the privacy of the individual user, other than the perpetrators and the victims, is otherwise protected and guaranteed, I see no issue unless either this opens the door to mission creep, or forms the basis for massive data bases of retained information.

    Privacy and freedom are very important issues, however phony freedom and privacy issues are often used in defense of that which most right thinking people consider to be wrong.

    However business and government do now seem to consider they have a right to massive invasion of our privacy, and there's the rub.
    The Former Moley