The government's move to force telcos and ISPs to retain customer metadata for two years has been branded 'intrusive of privacy' by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, in a new report calling for the government to define the types of data to be retained and review the two-year retention period.
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These so-called "trusted third-parties" may be the most important tech companies you've never heard of. ZDNet reveals how these companies work as middlemen or "brokers" of customer data between ISPs and phone companies, and the U.S. government.
Australian government agencies are under no obligation to inform the Department of Communications when they ask ISPs to block websites, despite controversy over the practice.
Apparently in order to enforce a government ban on certain services, Turkish ISPs are intercepting access of Google's public DNS service.
Google has asked the Australian government to review the power given to agencies to compel ISPs to block websites.
Three Australian government agencies that have used the Telecommunications Act to force ISPs to block sites have indicated to the government that they intend to use that power again.
Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has said that the government is considering a three-strikes proposal to force ISPs to stop the boats of The Pirate Bay, and crack down on its users downloading copyright-infringing TV shows and films.
The new Australian government has had a draft discussion paper prepared on the controversial Section 313 powers granted to government agencies to force ISPs to block websites, but it has not acted on it since the election.
ISPs and email hosting providers need to be willing to and plan for the need to work with government officials.
A freshly leaked letter shows the U.K. government demanding ISPs mislead customers with "default-on" filter language, implement untested "browser intercept" and more.
The Australian parliamentary committee looking into proposed telecommunications security reforms has left it to the government to decide whether ISPs should be forced to retain data for two years.
Questions remain over whether Australian ISPs should comply with requests from government agencies to block websites.
Mega has made a surprise switch of CEOs from low-profile Tony Lentino to former InternetNZ CEO Vikram Kumar.
The Australian government has dumped its controversial mandatory internet filtering scheme, instead forcing reluctant ISPs to block the Interpol "worst of the worst" list.
Storage vendor Hitachi Data Systems has said that whatever data the government may decide to force ISPs to retain, it will require a massive overhaul of storage systems.
ZDNet takes a look at the 'Snoopers' Charter' and what businesses need to know about the legislation that proposes to give the authorities access to data about the UK's online communications
Despite concerns that the talks will fall over, the Australian Government will hold another set of piracy meetings with internet service providers (ISPs), content owners and consumer groups on Thursday.
The UK government should not force ISPs to mandate opt-in porn filters, according to Google and Talk Talk.Government plans to legislate for network-level parental controls that force people to either opt-in or opt-out of pornographic and violent content "would be a mistake", and Google head of UK public policy Sarah Hunter told the Google Big Tent event on Wednesday in answer to a question from ZDNet UK.
The telecoms company, which has rolled out its super-fast broadband network to 10 million premises, saw annual profits go up 42 percent in the last financial year
The government will introduce a bill to intercept a wider range of internet communications, including those on social networks, and give police wider surveillance powers
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