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Facebook lambasted by UK parliamentary inquiry

Paul Brislen. 06 August 2018, 7:25 am

The UK parliamentary committee looking into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica's manipulation of the news media around the world has released a damning report  that says Facebook failed in its duty to …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 03 August 2018, 4:00 pm

Pop quiz: You open up your laptop and discover all your files are encrypted and a mysterious message says you're not getting your data back unless you give someone $5000 via an anonymised service. You…

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Paul Brislen. 27 July 2018, 3:00 pm

Data centres. Big fat juicy data centres, serving up the world's content, from right here in New Zealand.

You need a few things to make that a reality. You need cheap and relatively green electrici…

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Fallout from health IT projects continues

Paul Brislen. 26 July 2018, 7:25 am

Both Australia and Singapore are reeling following privacy concerns raised in relation to online health records.

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Paul Brislen. 13 July 2018, 3:00 pm

Lots going on in the telco land this week. First off, the Commerce Commission has reasserted its rights to oversee roaming into the future.

Roaming - the ability to acquire regulated access on to a…

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Dept of Homeland Security subpoenas Kiwi Twitter user

Paul Brislen. 03 July 2018, 6:58 am

The US Department of Homeland Security has served Twitter with a subpoena demanding information about one of its users - a Kiwi who goes by the user name Flash Gordon.

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Privacy bill submissions are in

Paul Brislen. 02 July 2018, 8:33 am

Changes to the New Zealand Privacy Act are imminent with public submissions now closed and the select committee getting down to the business at hand.

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Paul Brislen. 22 June 2018, 2:29 pm

Some things just shouldn't happen. First, paying the ransom. Second, breaking the internet, and third, expecting telcos to get along.

But somehow, all three of these happened lately - or at least s…

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Road Transport Forum pays ransomware, warns others

Paul Brislen. 21 June 2018, 7:50 am

The Road Transport Forum, a national body set up in 1997 to "responsibly promote and advance the interests of the road transport industry and its member associations" has become the sobering cautionar…

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Who will pay for the user voice in fibre regulation?

Sarah Putt. 19 June 2018, 8:55 am

With new telco legislation wending its way through Parliament, the Commerce Commission is suggesting a new levy could fund a consumer panel, as well as its own work, when the Telecommunications (New R…

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Software development - a cautionary tale

Paul Brislen. 11 June 2018, 7:32 am

A sobering reminder this week about the need to protect source code ownership when setting up in business.

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GDPR: fun for all the family

Paul Brislen. 30 May 2018, 7:23 am

As the EU's new privacy law rolls out fully for the first time, it is amusing to watch the various companies around the world flail around making outrageous claims as they try to both update their s…

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The GDPR and the .nz domain name space

Jordan Carter. 28 May 2018, 5:00 am

By now New Zealanders' inboxes will be overflowing with notices alerting them to the existence of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new privacy regulation is a European Union law th…

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Google vs the court system of New Zealand

Paul Brislen. 23 May 2018, 7:23 am

When companies collect our data, take our money and offer up services, are they bound by the laws of the country in which they operate?

Google, apparently, says no.

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CLOUD Act – Law enforcement access to cloud data

Amy Ryburn. 16 May 2018, 5:00 am

Buddle Findlay's tech legal team discuss the US CLOUD Act and its implications for New Zealand.

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New telco bill pleases few but seems to hit the mark

Paul Brislen. 07 May 2018, 7:16 am

The select committee reviewing the new Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill, the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee, is recommending retaining some r…

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RIP Cambridge Analytica…

Paul Brislen. 03 May 2018, 7:54 am

After a disastrous month of bad publicity and collapsing sales, data-crunching firm Cambridge Analytica has closed its entire operation, but Facebook continues to go from strength to strength with the…

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TCF works to block scam calls

Paul Brislen. 24 April 2018, 8:50 am

The Telecommunications Forum (TCF) has introduced a new Scam Calling Prevention Code to better solidify the way telcos handle scammers on behalf of their customers.

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Paul Brislen. 13 April 2018, 5:54 pm

Facebook continues to disappoint and Electricity: where would we be without it? (Hint: In Auckland)

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Paul Brislen. 06 April 2018, 12:00 pm

Facebook incurs the Wrath of the Editor (among others)... GDPR isn't just a Russian newspaper you know... Unbundling 2.0, now with added fibre

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