Jul 292014
 

Rachel Hynes reports: Transport for NSW has announced that unregistered Opal cards, allowing anonymous travel on Sydney’s public transport network using the Opal system, will now be available at select Sydney train stations at pop-up kiosks. But they’ll only be available on certain days, and not from regular ticket windows. Read more on Choice.

Jul 292014
 

Juliette Garside reports: Vodafone’s chairman, Gerard Kleisterlee, has promised to protect the right to privacy, saying the mobile network will engage with the UK government’s review of how the intelligence agencies intercept and collect data on its customers. “We will engage with governments when and where legal frameworks are being reviewed and that holds for [...]

Jul 282014
 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served Reactiv Media Limited, with a £50,000 fine after an investigation discovered they had made unsolicited calls to hundreds of people who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), violating the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). View a PDF of the Reactiv Media Limited monetary penalty notice Good [...]

Jul 262014
 

Hannah Jane Parkinson reports: Tech tycoon Kim Dotcom has told the Guardian that “governments want to engage in mass surveillance and have total citizen control”, before a crowd fundraising event for the Mana Internet party, the political party he founded to contest New Zealand’s September 20 elections. Dotcom also reiterated his promise that five days before the election, the [...]

Jul 252014
 

Michael Geist writes: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Spencer decision, several leading Canadian ISPs have publicly announced that they have changed their practices on the disclosure of subscriber information (including basic subscriber information such as name and address) to law enforcement. For example, Rogers announced that it will now require a warrant or court order [...]

Jul 252014
 

Julia Fioretti reports: Google’s GOOGL.O handling of “right to be forgotten” requests from European citizens came under fire by regulators after the search engine company restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only, a person familiar with the matter said. Regulators quizzed Google over its decision to remove search results only from its [...]