[LINK] Okay for PM to Use Non-Government Internet Services

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sun Oct 11 09:12:09 AEDT 2015

On 10/10/15 11:29, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:

> ... If Australian ministers are using ordinary smartphones on public
> networks, even if they are using encrypted email, they are
> potentially giving away far too much information, especially their
> location. ...

I suggested Australian MPs use devices approved by ASD on networks 
appropriate for the sensitivity of information being communicated.

There is no point in the PM sending selfies from a Sydney 333 bus to the 
public via a secret secure government network. Sending unclassified 
information which is then made public, via a secure network, may 
compromise the security of that network.

On 10/10/15 11:38, Scott Howard wrote:

> Public email systems have no requirement to be encrypted...
> Are you suggesting that the official government servers have none of
>  those things as requirements either? ...

No, I was saying the same requirement to keep a record of government 
business applies whatever medium is used. This was in response to a 
question as to if the PM's actions were similar to Mrs. Clinton, where 
it is alleged a non-government email service was used in an attempt to 
circumvent record keeping requirements.

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