AU: Privacy Commissioner delays zombie code

Ben Grubb reports:

The finishing touches to an e-security code of conduct which will prevent compromised computers, also called “zombies”, from accessing the internet is being delayed following concerns flagged by the Privacy Commissioner.

It aims to make formal existing voluntary security arrangements that internet service providers (ISPs) currently follow under a scheme run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), according to Internet Industry Association (IIA) CEO Peter Coroneos. The scheme sees ISPs receive daily reports from the ACMA which the providers can then, voluntarily, use to alert customers.

However, this formalisation was slowed by privacy concerns that were flagged in a public consultation of the draft code, a process which began in September.

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