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Jun 27, 2012

‘It’s how we connect’: Telstra and the spy sites mystery

Telstra has been tracking the websites visited by Next G mobile customers and sending the data overseas to a Canadian company that supplies censorship systems to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster

Stilgherrian

Technology writer and broadcaster

Right. So Telstra hasn’t just been tracking the websites visited by Next G mobile phone customers. It has been sending the data overseas without informed consent to a Canadian company that supplies censorship systems to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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6 thoughts on “‘It’s how we connect’: Telstra and the spy sites mystery

  1. CarlitosM

    Hello Telecommunications Ombudsman, Privacy Commissioner, NSW Council of Civil Liberties, Electronic Frontiers Australia, etc. you better be looking into this and kicking some ar$e…

    Reading above and the links provided should be compulsory for anyone working in ICT or customer relations: learn how NOT to treat your customers.

  2. robinw

    Of course, not a thing will be done about this blatant intrusion. I’d be surprised if Telstra even got an admonition over this, let alone the hefty fine they should be copping.

  3. Mike Smith

    Will the ‘individual response’ include desisting from doing this on request?

  4. gikku

    Banks have IT outsourced OS too.
    Anybody have concerns their statement and/or transaction details are offshore.
    such as the complete history of where you used your visa / mastercard over the past 7+ years…

  5. Mike Smith

    Meantime, there’s trolls on the site that are happily playing the “won’t someone please think about the children” card, and suggesting it’s the users fault.

  6. Are you free?

    It’ll be interesting to see whether Telstra is treated as being above the law, as BT and Phorm were in Britain.

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