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OPINION: Privacy is one thing, pointless fear mongering is another

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Privacy is important. There is no doubt about it. When apps send entire address books, unencrypted, without permission, people have every right to be upset. I am not denying that. But what has stunned me is something that happens almost every time a company, such as Facebook, changes anything. And that is the amount of people that will instantly call it a privacy concern, or likewise, begin acting like it’s […]

EU announces new, unified privacy and data protection laws

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Image: Dimitar Nikolov/Flickr (Creative Commons) The European Commission has announced sweeping reforms in privacy and data protection laws within the union – including a single legal framework, and stronger penalties to make sure companies abide by these new rules. The EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding announced the new reforms, claiming that businesses will also save €2.3 billion a year because of the reduction of unnecessary administrative procedures and paperwork. EU […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 34: Two Girls, One Wii

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The little Wii gets a bit more intimate with a brand new game, Mortal Kombat banned in Australia and the MacBook Pro gets a little hardware revamp – and we make a big deal about it and the new Thunderbolt. Wait, what? That’s all this week on the TECHGEEK Weekly podcast with the return of James Wilson plus one guest – Matt Rossi. Who? Matt Rossi, a friend of one […]

Vodafone dealer axed after revelations of customer deception

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr Vodafone dealer Communications Direct has sacked up to 40 jobs in its call centre after the mobile provider severed its relationship with the company in response to an investigation revealing misuse of the Vodafone customer database. Staff at the company were told at a meeting that all would be losing their jobs after Vodafone terminated the relationship.

TECHGEEK Weekly 29: New Blood Required

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While James and Stewart are out, we get Tom Wood – a former host of a former TECHGEEK Podcast incarnation – to help us dissect the news that Playboy is going to the iPad uncensored, the University of Sydney having a privacy headache and Steve Jobs has gone on medical leave – again. Tom Wood, who also happens to be a known advocate of cyber-bullying prevention, also finds himself doing […]

Headache for Uni of Sydney as student data exposed on web

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr An investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that information of its past and present students are available online. The breach is a flaw in how the university handles HECS – the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, which means that the Government pays for the university course taken and it is repaid by a person’s income via tax at no interest.

Vodafone sacks staff after security breach review

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr Vodafone has said in a media statement that it has terminated several employees in response to revelations by a Sydney newspaper that customer data were publicly available on the internet and compromised. The company has also said that it has referred the matter to the New South Wales Police. “We take data security and the storage of our customers’ information extremely seriously,” Nigel Dews, CEO of Vodafone Hutchison […]

Privacy Commissioner to investigate Vodafone data breach

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The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has announced that he will be investigating allegations made yesterday by the Sun-Herald that Vodafone has made the personal information of its customers publicly  available on an internet site, rather than on an intranet.

Investigation reveals Vodafone customers’ personal details easy to access

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An investigation by the Sun Herald, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Sunday paper, has revealed that personal details of Vodafone customers, including names, addresses, driver licence numbers and credit card details, have been made available on the internet. The internal customer database is to be used by Vodafone stores; however is accessible via the Internet rather than a private network or Intranet. As well, while each store has a different username […]

The Year in Review 2010: The Highlights Reel

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2010. What a year to end a decade. From political uncertainty in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the leaking of important US documents – from Afghanistan to diplomatic cables – and even a possible upheaval of our classification system to finally allow a R18+ rating in Australia, bringing it in line with other western nations. We got more information about the new National Broadband Network, while we […]


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Yes, that’s right.. Terence is on holidays in Rome! So everyone at is partying like crazy. We talk about the new Windows Phone 7, The Android ‘dude’ problem, #newtwitter, the iPhone app that allows you to spy and much much more. Behold, Episode 15 – the first extremely unorganised podcast to come from, oh and we have made the clean tag! Programming note: Terence & James are not […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 14: OMG! There’s another body!

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Yes, apparently Google is into shooting photos of dead people as photos of the dead appeared on Google Street View. Ouch. As well, Motorola gets sued by Microsoft, Facebook lets you download everything you ever uploaded or wrote on Facebook, and MySpace brings out a craptastic new logo. As well, we bring out a new TECHGEEK Tips episode hosted by Terence and Chris, and the individual episode gets released on […]

Thought that was private on Facebook? Think again.

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Thought that message about you cheating on your test was within your Facebook friends? Or maybe you took a HIV test and found out negative (or positive), or just want to shout out that you have lost your virginity. Well, get ready to learn something harsh. Your status messages are public, and now they are searchable. Yes, just like Google, I can type something in Openbook and find out what […]

Leaked IMs and backlash highlight Facebook’s problem: privacy

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And when you thought Facebook couldn’t take any more heat, leaked instant messages published online appear to show Zuckerberg mocking users joining the social networking site (then called The Facebook and was limited to Harvard students) in 2003, and is very brutal on the people who published photos and addresses and was willing to give them out to people when asked.

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