Issue No 27: 9 December 2019
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New Consumer Safeguards Strengthen the Mobile Premium Services (MPS) Code
New default spending limits to guard against bill shock are among a raft of stronger protections in a revamped Mobile Premium Services Code (MPS) for the telecommunications sector, just registered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
The revised code includes new consumer protections in the area of mobile premium services and premium direct billing, to help consumers manage their spend on purchases from third parties that are billed through their telecoms provider.
The new Code was generated by a Communications Alliance working committee including industry, consumer and regulator representatives.
Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the stronger Code will minimise any risk that consumers will unknowingly run up sizeable bills on third party services, while preserving the convenience that third-party purchasing provides for the many thousands of Australians who choose to use it.
Industry Welcomes Proposed Amendments to Encryption Legislation
Communications Alliance has welcomed the proposed amendments to the TOLA (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, introduced to the Senate today by Senator Kristina Kenneally.
The proposed amendments will bring a degree of judicial oversight to the issuing of technical assistance notices and technical capability notices by Government agencies to communications providers – something that industry and civil society have been pressing for since the original laws were rushed through Parliament in December 2018.
Communications Alliance also welcomed the legislative proposal to make less open-ended the actions that can be requested of service providers.
“Installing improved oversight provisions into the legislation will not fix all its problems, but hopefully will begin to instil greater confidence, at home and abroad, in the security of Australian networks and systems – a step that can only help the domestic IT industry and its export prospects“, said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.
“We hope that the separate review of the legislation underway by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) will generate further improvements to the legislation.”
‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping Scams
Australians have already lost more money to online shopping scams in 2019 than in the entire previous year, and Scamwatch is warning people to be cautious of online shopping scams in the lead up to the holiday season.
Reminder: Call for input
Communications Alliance is calling for input to the review of Guideline G660:2018, Assisting Customers Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence.
The call for input closes on 10 January 2020. For more information, see https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/public-comment.
Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member: