[LINK] Telstra Clouds its Profit Results
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Fri Feb 10 20:30:06 AEDT 2012
At 08:01 PM 10/02/2012, Fernando Cassia wrote:
>And Microsoft is Microsoft, they canÂ´t go wrong, they never go wrong,
>theyÂ´re numero uno. -or so they would like us to think-
>So whatÂ´s to lose? "letÂ´s outsource this whole thing, pay somoene who
>understands these web services and has a good reputation. Hey, why not
>Microsoft?. Then we can concentrate on our golf tournament**"
This raises another issue: 3rd party outsourcing
of anyone's email activities without their
consent, especially when the data is going to
track the activities of the person or, as in this
case, put the data outside the jurisdictional
control of the person who is participating in the communication.
Do any Linkers know what is really going on with
Commonwealth govt agencies in this area? I
participate on a privacy panel for Austrac and
they send their general newsletters via a 3rd
party that substitutes the direct links via the
3rd party servers. That means you don't see the
real link for the information, even by hovering,
because the links have all been replaced for
tracking purposes. I objected to the practice
after I saw what was going on when I hovered over
a link, something I do quite regularly because of
spam and redirect faking problems, even from what
appears to be legitimate sources. I was told that
this is now done by govt agencies in order to
reduce costs, and presumably avoid the need to maintain in-house IT services.
The conclusion was that I insisted they remove
any mention of my address in their distribution
lists that are handled by this 3rd party and
remove me from their distribution of this
newsletter until such time that my activity would no longer be tracked.
That's one example. Then yesterday I noticed a
similar thing with the APO newsletter. Linkers
may recall that I would sometimes repost items
from that newsletter related to the digital
economy. I had a look at it yesterday and the
links are via a 3rd party and have the word
'track' in the replaced URLs. No longer do they
put the direct links to the APO website. Even
their email comes from:
So I wrote to the person in charge and
complained. Later that afternoon, I received a reply that said:
"I can't answer in detail now but I can assure
you we have not given away your email to anyone
else to use and have no intention of ever doing
so. I'll write this up as a blog so you know exactly what were doing tomorrow."
I just checked the APO.org.au website and there
is nothing that I can see. I don't even see any blogs on the site.
Gee, if a header says mail is coming from a
server that doesn't match the organisation, I'd
bet my email address had to go somewhere. And
note, there is nothing in her reply about
tracking. I'm still waiting on an answer. In the
meantime, I won't be clicking their links or posting them on Link.
Next time you get some newsletter, be sure to
check the distribution source and hover on the
embedded links. You may find something you didn't
expect, even when it comes from the govt.
And don't get me started on the University uses
of gmail, no matter how many complaints various
people have made. They have drunk the koolaid,
too. Bye-bye research confidentiality. Contract security anyone?
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Our truest response to the irrationality of the
world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.
~Madeline L'Engle, writer
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