ABC’s mandatory iview logins come into effect during election campaign


The CBA, which appeared to have delayed imposing mandatory logins beyond its original March deadline, now appears to have cracked down at the wrong time: during the federal election campaign.

Researcher Vanessa Teague, who runs her own cybersecurity company Thinking Cybersecurity, said in a tweet on Thursday that the company, which receives $1 billion in public funding every year, disabled free access to iview during the campaign that has started on April 10.

Dr Teague had pointed to data collection by the ABC while Australian residents were using iview and also while using the ABC news website.

She wrote: “Now you can’t watch without your viewing data being shared with commercial partners. Is there a political candidate who has anything to say about it?”

Last month, Teague demonstrated how data was gobbled up by companies like Google, Facebook, Chartbeat and Tealium.

In 2021, she sought for details of the data-sharing deal the ABC made with Tealium – which bills itself as a customer data center and enterprise tag management company – but was rebuffed after filing a request access to information.

On Thursday, Teague also checked whether the data sharing opt-out – which the ABC announced earlier this year would be available – was functional and said it was not yet available.

She posted two tweets, one showing her account settings and the second showing how data was leaked while she was using iview.

iTWire contacted the ABC for comment.


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