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Ben Grubb is the deputy technology editor of smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au and watoday.com.au

Roxon switch signals online scrutiny for all

Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb, Bianca Hall and Lucy Battersby Attorney-General Nicola Roxon appears to have swung her support behind a controversial plan to capture the online data of all Australians, despite six weeks ago saying ''the case had yet to be made''...

Roxon switch signals online scrutiny for all

Attorney General Nicola Roxon.

Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb, Bianca hall and Lucy Battersby THE Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, appears to have swung her support behind a controversial plan to capture the online data of all Australians, despite six weeks ago saying ''the case had yet to be...

Internet data tracking proposal seen as 'a police state'

Spying.

Bianca Hall, Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby PROPOSED laws that would allow the web and telecommunications data of all Australians to be stored for two years have been dubbed ''characteristic of a police state''.

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Security scheme worthy of 'police state'

Big brother.

Bianca Hall, Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby Privacy Commissioner slams laws that would allow Australians' data to be stored for two years.

Regulator chases party boy's Publicity Monster

sabre

Ben Grubb Consumer protection authority confirms it is investigating convicted hacker and party boy Timothy Sabre's Publicity Monster firm, which promised businesses it could get them high rankings on Google.

Can't buy love online? 'Likes' for sale

Facebook likes.

Ben Grubb The going rate for 1000 Australian Facebook "likes" is $90. So says Mathew Carpenter, who sells the likes on his website, which ranks second on Google for "Buy Facebook likes".

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Google crashes Monster man's party

sabre

Ben Grubb Timothy Sabre, the convicted hacker and former party promoter who claimed to have unlocked the secrets of Google's algorithm, has been stripped of his Google accreditation.

Gaming Google: Monster's party boy Tim under fire

Tim Sabre.

Ben Grubb Tim Sabre lives the high life on riches earned by promising he can get you on Google's front page. But he's left behind a string of dissatisfied customers and may now face losing his Google...

Hackers steal AAPT customer data to protest web spying proposal

Hacker

Ben Grubb Hackers have stolen customer data from Australian ISP AAPT to show the dangers of a proposal to force telcos to store every Australian's web history for up to two years.

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Roxon doubts over security plans to store web history

Nicola Roxon.

Dylan Welch, Ben Grubb ''THE case has yet to be made'' for a controversial plan to force internet providers to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years, says the Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, who has...

Spy in the machine

Spy in the machine.

Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb As the digital world becomes ubiquitous, exactly what happens to the data trail people leave - every day humans create 2.

Roxon questions plan to track users' web history

Nicola Roxon.

Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb 'The case has yet to be made' for a controversial plan to force internet providers to store the web history of all Australians for up to two years, according to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, who has...

Pete & Ned's web war on cheap foreign labour

Face Tweaky.

Ben Grubb A former civil engineer and a DJ want to transform odd jobs on the web - but that's not the most unusual part of the story.

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Canberra defends data retention plan

Similar data retention schemes proposed in the United States and Britain have sparked fierce debate.

Ben Grubb, Dylan Welch THE Gillard government has defended a plan to force telcos to store internet and phone data of all Australians for up to two years, saying it is needed to allow intelligence and police agencies to...

Government defends web spy powers

x

Dylan Welch and Ben Grubb The Gillard government says data storage is needed to allow agencies to effectively target organised criminals and terrorists.

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New web spy powers: for and against

Big brother.

Ben Grubb There's a very strong chance law enforcement will soon have access to a two-year backlog of our web data and telephone history due to law reforms. But so could hackers and just about everyone else.

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New code puts a cap on telco sweet talk

Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby, James Manning CUSTOMER service in the telco sector may improve over the next two years, thanks to a new code governing advertising, account management and complaint handling in a sector notorious for high...

Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby and James Manning

New customer code for telco industry gets good reception

NCH  NEWS,
 Nick Bilich has a freight business and has four mobiles registered with Telstra but three months ago he received an invoice with an extra 10 mobile numbers linked to it and a $10,000 bill.

Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby and James Manning Customer service in the telco sector may improve over the next two years thanks to a new code governing advertising, account management and complaint handling in a sector notorious for high complaint...

Kogan backs down on Microsoft censorship claim

Kogan

James Manning and Ben Grubb The CEO of online electronics retailer Kogan has backed away from claims that Bing and Yahoo! deliberately removed his website from their search engines as punishment for criticising Internet...

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Digital disaster as online security firm loses personal data in the mail

Hacker

Ben Grubb A FEDERAL government contractor that was paid more than $1 million to deliver e-security alert services to Australians has lost 8000 subscribers' personal information in the postal system.