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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 06 July 2018, 3:50 pm

International borders and the World Wide Web: Many years ago I received a phone call from a local pharmacy here in New Zealand. They'd been cheerfully selling goods in accordance with New Zealand law as they are a New Zealand business and were quite happy with their lot.

But then along came the internet and the opportunity to sell to people who might not want to go into a store in south Auckland (from memory) and pick goods up off the shelf.

So they set up what was quaintly called an "e-commerce shopping site" and it meant people could buy goods from them online and have them delivered. You may be familiar with the concept.

They called me because they'd received a letter from the US Food and Drug Administration telling them to stop selling goods online at once or they'd be taken to court for various unspecified crimes.

Also: The Yeah-nah Burger, and Privacy Blues

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Global Cyber Alliance comes to town

Paul Brislen. 05 July 2018, 7:43 am

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to "eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world" and its UK-based Executive Director, Andy Bates, is in New Zealand this month speaking with local IT and security groups.

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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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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 29 June 2018, 4:56 pm

Oh government. You really shouldn't bite off more than you can chew.

Once, big government projects were the key to a good economic recovery. Bridges, dams, roads, office blocks, saw mills, you name…

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Brislen on Tech

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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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 01 June 2018, 5:07 pm

Paul Brislen's weekly commentary on what's happening in tech. This week: Getting Data Protection Right... Research and development needs some help... Let's go shopping.

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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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