Facebook offers data portability, Optus cops hefty fine, excess data gets the boot – Vertical Hold: Episode 257

Facebook wants it to be easier to get data off Facebook… but only in Ireland. Optus cops a hefty fine, but history says it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. Excess data is still an issue — but why? All this and more in the latest episode!

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We’re joined this week by Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson from News as we ponder Facebook’s adoption of data portability, and whether its motives are genuine. Well, OK, it’s Facebook, so I think we all know the answer to that question, but it’s worth delving into what this means for future social networks and the real value of your data.

Meanwhile, Optus is in rather expensive hot water with the ACCC, having copped a $6.4 million fine for misleading promotions around the NBN. Which all feels rather familiar to my co-host, Adam Turner, because Optus has, shall we say, “form” in this area. Are fines actually doing what they should in this case? Why are consumers still left in the dark when it comes to NBN disconnection windows anyway?

Also, with amaysim running an “unlimited” data promotions (with limits, because of course…), and research suggesting Aussies are still being slugged with hefty excess usage charges, we look into how much data is really enough, and whether the concept of excess data fees should go the way of the dodo.

Also, we say hello to the lawyers a lot. I’m sure that’s just a coincidental matter, you know?

Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News – podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia’s leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week.

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Author: Alex

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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