I’d suggest going and reading: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2009/09/your-secrets-live-online-in-databases-of-ruin/ to learn a bit about anonymization failures.
What we know:
- Telstra has the ability to monitor every URL you visit on a NextG connection
- Telstra is, in fact, monitoring every URL you visit through your NextG connection and piping that to some computer system that then takes action on it.
- None of this was disclosed to customers.
- Telstra is building a system for censorship.
What we don’t know:
- If this is a violation of any Australian privacy law (I’m not a lawyer)
- Who else has access to this “anonymised” data (hellooo US legal system)
- What universal surveillance infrastructure they have running
Update: this is a followup from yesterday’s post: http://www.flamingspork.com/blog/2012/06/25/on-telstra-tracking-nextg-http-requests/