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Huston: Telstra Acted Outside Telecommunications Act

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 5, 2012

Geoff Huston, the chief scientist of regional Internet registry Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and former Telstra employee, says the company acted “way beyond the terms and conditions of the Australian Telecommunications Act” when it collected and sent users’ web behaviours to a Canadian web filtering company, reports ZDNet. Most of the data Telstra sent was anonymised; however, some was not, causing Huston to question why there has been no investigation by the privacy commissioner. A spokeswoman from the commissioner’s office said it is still “waiting on a report from Telstra.”
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