[LINK] [PRIVACY] SMH: Federal Commissioner and First State Super

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Oct 20 12:15:39 AEDT 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au 
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Jan Whitaker
> Sent: Thursday, 20 October 2011 8:54 AM
> To: privacy at lists.efa.org.au; link at anu.edu.au
> Subject: Re: [LINK] [PRIVACY] SMH: Federal Commissioner and 
> First State Super
> At 08:47 AM 20/10/2011, Roger Clarke wrote:
> >[Nice spin that.  But I can't find the actual statement 
> anywhere, e.g. 
> >http://www.firststatesuper.com.au/MediaCentre
> >and the search-function doesn't turn it up either.]
>  From an update in The Age:
> Update 5:30pm: First State Super has just updated its website with a 
> statement on the issue - the first time it is notifying its broader 
> customer base since the breach. 
> http://www.firststatesuper.com.au/SecurityOfMemberInformationU

I just love the following Para:
First State Super appreciates that the actions of the person involved
has allowed us to address an undetected weakness in our online security.
Subject to his compliance and cooperation in ensuring that the
unauthorised statements he downloaded have been destroyed, we have no
intention of taking any other action against him.

Carrot and Shtick. 

In other words, after making his life hell, because the Police are not
following through with criminal charges... They are unable to do
anything else to punish him for showing up their weaknesses.

I expect this episode will ensure that crowd sourced voluntary security
advisory by the public is pretty much out the window.
The public are learning that it doesn't pay to help.

Biting the hands of your customers did not prove to be a positive
commercial success for the music biz.  I wonder when the Class Action
will be filed ?


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