Federal Parliament is now back from Winter recess, and while other matters have certainly grabbed the headlines, the Senate passed the telco sector security reforms Bill that’s been in the pipeline for quite a few years. And I (+ a few tech journos) read the first annual Attorney-General’s Department report covering the start of the data retention scheme tabled in Parliament this week. If you’re curious, the majority of offences for which data was requested by enforcement agencies were illicit drug offences (57,166 requests).
In the courts, Foxtel is continuing to seek orders to block piracy sites and a blogger was jailed for contempt for naming Tim Worner’s alleged lovers. From the US, I recommend Kashmir Hill’s investigation on what happens when you tell the Internet you’re pregnant. That’s just some of the recent law + tech news & views. Happy reading!