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Real Estate Agents Lax on Aussies Privacy

Posted: 2013-10-27
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LJ Hooker is one of the real estate agencies using the services of `1 Form`

Too often the ignorance of Australians around technology and privacy issues is being exploited. Together with a general attitude of easy-going carelessness Aussies have become easy game for the unscrupulous to exploit.

Mathaba has in the past reported on the wholesale spying on most visitors to Australia as well as Aussies abroad via the indefensible outsourcing of government business such as the processing of visa applications and biometrics to a private Indian company, see here and here.

Before she became the sole woman in the Canberra regime's cabinet as shadow minister for Foreign Affairs, the Mathaba News Australia editor contacted the now Foreign Minister of Australia Julie Bishop on this matter. Her office promised to get back but nothing was forthcoming.

Adelaide's influential Labor Party politician and repeat winner of the forced federal election Kate Ellis was also met by our editor specifically on this issue. Her staff responded only with a "we'll look into it" letter, even spelling his name wrong. Many months later, nothing has happened.

It is our strong belief based on extensive worldwide experience in the areas of security, international relations and privacy violations, that certain intelligence agencies are using such private companies, often based in India, to purchase data on Australians and others, thus violating our privacy and endangering our security.

Already U.S. companies have been exposed as carrying out such activities for agencies which are now under the influence of various international terrorist interests and with the recent exposure of the out-of-control NSA spying on everyone everywhere, friends and foes alike, bringing the public awareness to new levels.

Nick Xenophon the independent senator from South Australia is calling for a summit to discuss action on "the end of privacy" and what our responses should be, whilst other politicians and the main political parties are totally silent on the matter. This leads to the suspicion that they know of the spying issue and are helpless.

Yet here in Australia people are still all too willing to surrender vitally important data including their passport details, via on-line websites all in the name of convenience. One such service "1Form" reveals in its privacy policy that it will share such data with third parties.

In spite of saying that they have a "privacy officer" to handle any queries, they did not call back to answer questions. There appears to be little or nothing to prevent any person working for some terrorist organization such as MOSSAD or any of the 3-letter organizations from setting up easy front companies to collect our data.

With almost everyone using sites such as Facebook and Linkedin to share vital and personal data without reading the policies they agreed to upon sign-up (Facebook stating that you immediately surrender ownership to Facebook of anything you post to their site), it appears we have a long way to go in educating the public of the dangers.

With many Australians leaving their houses in the mistaken belief of living in secure neighbourhoods, while forgetting that they've extended every detail of their life to the unlimited hood of the net, it is easy for international gangsters to organize robberies and other crimes knowing when and where to strike.

With our own extensive experience in the battle for privacy and security which long predated the WikiLeaks or Snowden affairs and having been targeted by these quarters for our independent journalism work and provision of whistle-blowing facilities since 13 years, we hope to cooperate with Nick Xenophon on this issue.

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