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Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $50 million dollars’ worth of software to over 3,300 community organisations.
In exactly a month’s time, Australia’s privacy regulatory regime will change. New amendments to the Privacy Act come into force on 12 March 2014.
Microsoft Australia welcomes the incoming Privacy Act amendments.
Contrary to some reports, the new amendments to the Privacy Act are not bad for cloud services.
The new amendments just help to clarify that if an enterprise or Federal Government agency collects personal information, they are ultimately responsible for protecting the privacy of that information.
It does mean that Enterprises and governments should do their research.
Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Service, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to the ThinkUKnow program. The partnership will help deliver more training to more parents on this extremely important topic, resulting in a safer online environment for children. We are proud to be a part of the program supporting Safer Internet Day.
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Today, during National Child Protection Week (NCPW), ThinkUKnow was awarded ‘Outstanding Prevention Initiative’ by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards Breakfast.
Microsoft is proud of this important partnership with the Australian Federal Police, which is also supported by Datacom and ninemsn, and delighted to receive the award on behalf of the 260 volunteers involved in the program.ThinkUKnow educates parents and carers of children around Australia on how to stay safe online. The program aims to open the lines of communication between adults and children so that activity on the Internet is as much a topic of discussion as what happened at school that day or in sport.
Microsoft welcomes the release of the Government’s National Cloud Computing Strategy.“We agree with the Government and Cebit that ‘cloud computing has reached its tipping point. It is no longer a trend, but an absolute business requirement’,” said Pip Marlow, Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director.
Microsoft Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will introduce the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill into Parliament in coming days.
“Microsoft supports the introduction of this legislation and calls on the Parliament to pass it in the final sitting weeks,” said Pip Marlow, Managing Director.
The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) together with ThinkUKnow, an initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, and supported by ninemsn and Datacom, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver cyber-safety training to parents across Queensland.
Microsoft is excited to be sponsoring the GovHack 2013.
GovHack 2013 has gone from big to bigger with a national event this year. From May 31 to June 2 2013, 8 locations in Australia will come together with over 400 participants and 150 teams to play with government data and create unique solutions and services. Solutions which then have a chance to become reality.
Ever wondered how much cheap (or free) pirated software could cost you? How much do you value the photos of that treasured family occasion, the sensitive data stored on your computer or the passwords you type to logon to your bank website?
Microsoft Australia went to local markets in Melbourne to purchase counterfeit Windows and Office software from four different sellers (pictured), and tested what was on the DVDs. The results were worrying.
Of six counterfeit Microsoft Office disks tested, they found that five were infected with malware.
Of the twelve counterfeit Windows disks tested, they found that six could not install and run, and so could not be tested. They were duds!
Safer Internet Day is an annual event organised by the European network for internet safety, Insafe. This year, Safer Internet Day will be held on 5 February and celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide.
The theme of Safer Internet Day 2013 is “Online Rights and Responsibilities” and users around the world are encouraged to “Connect with respect”. So what does respect look like in a digital environment where we may be communicating with inanimate programs (do we respect things that aren’t alive?) or with people that we don’t know or who don’t know us (is respect only important when it is visible?)? We would argue that respect needs to be shown in all our actions as not only do they reflect on us, but affect how others show us respect.
The Communiqué released by the Prime Minister following the inaugural meeting of the National Panel for Economic Reform is welcomed by Microsoft Australia. It reiterates the importance to Australia of instituting policy and management reforms across the economy that focus on the goal of achieving long-term productivity gains.