Wednesday, 27 June 2012

[TechRepublic] Telstra halts data collection

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Editor's note
As I am sure most technical people are aware, tracking and url collection happens all the time with service providers, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. Such was the situation for the many users of country's biggest telco this week, as it was revealed that Telstra had been sending anonymised website data offshore. (The premise of which was to compile a collection of sites for a upcoming online safety service.) Like a child that learns how sausages are made, the technorati were disgusted, especially since these sausages involved US law such as the Patriot Act and potential privacy violations. On a more practical level, this week we featured an article from Barry Saunders on using personas to improve your design and development, make sure you check it out. Web devs looking for a quick and easy way to add sortable elements to their web sites should read the tutorial on using jQuery. Finally, there's a Lego Turing Machine gallery at the bottom for your enjoyment. Have a stellar week everyone! --Chris

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