ACCC Chairman Speaks: Here's Why We're Suing Valve

When it comes to win/loss ratios, the ACCC has a pretty impressive strike rate. It’s won cases against some of the world’s biggest companies over how they do business in Australia, and now the Australian consumer watchdog and it’s consumer champion in chief, Chairman Rod Sims, is on the warpath against Valve, one of the world’s biggest video game companies.


The ACCC Is Suing Valve [Updated]

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has just announced that it’s taking legal action against Steam creator Valve over its refund policy.


White House Cybersecurity Leader: Technical Know-How Is A Distraction

In much the same way that the best heart surgeons have never studied medicine and Supreme Court judges have never really read the law, Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity co-ordinator thinks that “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction” in his position.


That Time When Probably Malcolm Turnbull Showed Maybe The AFP What A VPN Was Because Data Retention

It’s no secret that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull hates the Government’s plan for data retention. He hated it when it was Labor’s plan in 2012, and he hates it now. I imagine he especially hates how it was explained by the architect of the solution, Attorney General George Brandis. Behind the scenes though, the fight for the privacy of Australia’s internet users rages. According to a new interview with Liberal Democrats Senator, David Leyonhjelm, a Minister matching Turnbull’s description stormed into a meeting and showed them exactly why data retention was a stupid idea.


NYC District Attorney Seriously Subpoenas Parody Bike Twitter Account

For reasons that still aren’t entirely clear, in July someone swapped in bleached-out US flags on the Brooklyn Bridge. Almost immediately, Twitter parody @BicycleLobby claimed responsibility. Yesterday, according to the New York Times, the Manhattan district attorney’s office subpoenaed the anonymous account.


Everything You Need To Know About The New USA FREEDOM Act

Ever since the Snowden revelations, honest (and some dishonest) efforts have been made in Congress to try to scale back at least some of the NSA’s spying. It’s a complex problem, since the NSA has overstepped reasonable bounds in so many different directions and there is intense secrecy surrounding the NSA’s activities and legal analysis.


Apple And Samsung Have Called A Truce On Patent Wars Outside The US

In the great professional fanboy fight that is Apple vs Samsung, things might be about to grow up. The two companies have agreed to put an end to patent battles outside of the US.


Apple And Samsung Call It Quits On Legal Battle In Australia

It’s official: this is the end of Apple versus Samsung in the Australian courts.


Australian Government's Data Retention Plan: Everything You Need To Know

You may have heard some scary words this afternoon about new laws to fight terrorism. Inside those words is a proposal for something called “data retention”. This is what it means, and whether you need to start proverbially flushing your internet history.


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