Monday, 15 July 2013

Howard and Switkowski allowed U.S. to commence spying on Telstra customers from 29 November 2001 onwards


Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and former Telstra CEO and current Chancellor of RMIT University Dr Zygmunt "Ziggy" Switkowski have a lot to answer for - as do their respective cabinet ministers and telco chair and board members.

It is noted that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was a cabinet minister in the Howard Government during the period in which this secret data collection and retention agreement was negotiated and signed, as was National Party Leader Warren TrussBoth men are standing at the forthcoming federal election.


Telstra’s current Chair, Catherine Livingstone, was also an independent non-executive director on the board at the time the agreement was negotiated and signed, whilst current CEO David Thodey was Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles in 2001 and was not appointed to the position of Group Managing Director Telstra Enterprise and Government until December 2002.

Telstra must reveal all on secret deal with FBI

The Greens have called on Telstra to immediately disclose details of a secret deal, revealed by Crikey today, which was struck 12 years ago to allow the FBI and US Department of Justice to monitor calls and data traffic via the company's undersea cables.
"Telstra, at the time majority owned and controlled by the Howard Government, struck a deal to allow 24/7 surveillance of calls going in and out of the United States, including calls made by Australians. The cables in question are operated by Telstra subsidiary Reach, which controls more than 40 major telecommunications cables in the region, including cables in and out of China and Australia," said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.
"While the current Australian Government recently pushed then abandoned a two-year mandatory data retention scheme, for more than a decade this secret deal with the United States compelled Telstra, Reach and PCCW to store all customer billing data for two years.
"The deal also compelled Telstra, Reach and PCWW to provide any stored communications and comply with preservation requests; to provide any stored meta-data, billing data or subscriber information about US customers; to ignore any foreign privacy laws that might lead to mandatory destruction of stored data; and to refuse information requests from other countries without permission from the United States.
"This secret deal also allowed FBI and US Department of Justice officials to conduct inspection visits of Telstra and Reach offices and infrastructure.
"This is an extraordinary breach of trust, invasion of privacy, and erosion of Australia's sovereignty," said Senator Ludlam.



Financial Review 13 May 2013:

The Coalition has approached former Telstra chief executive Ziggy Switkowski to be a director of NBN Co if it wins the election in another sign that it plans to shake up the board of the $37.4 billion broadband project.
The Australian Financial Review can reveal that opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has canvassed Mr Switkowski and other former Telstra executives to replace NBN co-directors as he prepares for negotiations with the telco.

On 9 July 2013 Public Intelligence posted a list of other telecommunications corporations known to have made similar agreements with the U.S. Government:

Corporate Parties
Government Parties
Date
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Level 3 Communications, Inc.
DHS, DoD, DoJ
September 26, 2011
AP TeleGuam Holdings, Inc.; AP TeleGuam Merger Sub, LLC
DHS, DoD, DoJ
May 1, 2011
American Samoa Hawaii Cable, LLC; Samoa American Samoa Cable, LLC; American Samoa License, Inc.; and AST Telecom, LLC d/b/a Blue Sky Communications
DHS
February 2, 2011
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TerreStar Corporation; TerreStar Networks Inc.,
DHS, DoJ
December 18, 2009
GU Holdings Inc.
DHS
September 21, 2009
American Samoa Hawaii Cable, LLC; AST Telecom, LLC
DHS
January 9, 2009
Inceptum 1 AS now known as Mobsat Holding Norway AS; Telenor Satellite Services AS successor to Telenor Broadband Services AS now known as Vizada AS; Telenor Satellite Services Holdings, Inc.; Mobsat Holding US, Inc. now known as Mobsat Holding US Corp; Telenor Satellite, Inc., now known as Vizada Satellite, Inc.; Telenor Satelltie Services, Inc. now known as Vizada, Inc.; GMPCS Personal Communications, Inc.; Marlink, Inc.; Telenor Secure Services, Inc. now known as Vizada Secure Services, Inc.; MindSparX, Inc.; Vizada Services Holding, Inc.; Vizada Services LLC
DHS, DoJ, FBI
September 25, 2008
Horizon Mobile Communications, Inc.; SatCom Distribution, Inc.; SatCom Distribution Ltd.; and SatCom Group Holdings Plc
DHS, DoJ
September 24, 2008
Inmarsat Global Limited; Inmarsat Hawaii Inc.
DHS, DoJ
September 17, 2008
Reliance Communications Limited; Reliance Gateway Net Limited; FLAG Telecom Group Limited; FLAG Telecom Group Services; Yipes Holdings, Inc.; Yipes Enterprise Services, Inc.
DHS, DoJ
November 30, 2007
Stratos Communications, Inc., previously MarineSat
Communications Network, Inc.; Stratos Mobile Networks LLC; Stratos Mobile Networks, Inc.; CIP Canada Investment Inc.
DHS, DoJ, FBI
August 14, 2007
Global Crossing Limited, formerly known as GC Acquisition Limited; Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte Ltd
DHS, DoD, DoJ, FBI
February 1, 2007
Telenor Satellite Services AS; Telenor Satellite Services Holdings, Inc.; Telenor Satellite, Inc.; Telenor Satellite Services, Inc.; Inceptum 1 AS; Mobsat Holding US, Inc.; GMPCS Personal Communications, Inc.; Marlink, Inc.; Telenor Secure Services, Inc.; MindSparX, Inc.
DHS, DoJ, FBI
March 5, 2007
Guam Cellular and Paging, Inc.; DoCoMo Guam Holdings, Inc.
DHS, DoJ, FBI
October 13, 2006
América Móvil, S.A. de C.V.; Telecomunicaciones de Puerto Rico,
Inc.
DHS, DoJ
2006
Cypress Communications Holding Company, Inc.; TechInvest Holding Company, Inc.; Arcapita Investment Management Limited; and Arcapita Bank B.S.C.(c)
DHS, DoJ, FBI, Treasury
June 17, 2005
TelCove, Inc.
DHS, DoJ, FBI
June 15, 2005
VSNL America, Inc.; VSNL Telecommunications, Inc.; Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited
DHS, DoD, DoJ, FBI
April 7, 2005
Telefonica Moviles, S.A.; TEM Puerto Rico, Inc.; NewComm Wireless Services, Inc.
DHS, DoJ, FBI
May 14, 2004
Micronesian Telecommunications Corporation; Pacific Telecom, Inc.
DHS, DoD, DoJ, FBI
October 6, 2003
Global Crossing Ltd.; GC Acquisition Limited; Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte Ltd
DHS, DoD, DoJ, FBI
September 23, 2003
XO Communications, Inc.
DoJ, FBI
September 16, 2002
Telenor Satellite Services Holdings, Inc.; Telenor Satellite, Inc.; Telenor Satellite Services, Inc.; Telenor Broadband Services AS
DoJ, FBI
November 29, 2001
Reach Ltd.; Telstra Corporation Limited; Pacific Century CyberWorks Limited
DoJ, FBI
November 29, 2001
Mobile Satellite Ventures LLC; Mobile Satellite Ventures Subsidiary LLC; Motient Corporation; TMI Communications and Company, Limited Partnership
DHS, DoD, DoJ, FBI
November 14, 2001
MarineSat Communications Network, Inc.; Stratos Mobile Networks LLC
DoJ, FBI
August 7, 2001
Deutsche Telekom AG; Voicestream Wireless Corporation; Voicestream Wireless Holding Corporation
DoJ, FBI
April 1, 2001
AT&T Corp.; British Telecommunications PLC; TNV BV; VLT Co. LLC; Violet License Co. LLC
DoD, DoJ, FBI
October 7, 1999

American telco customers are fighting back through the courts - but has anyone in this country filed against the United States of America, Commonwealth of Australia and Telstra Corporation Limited yet?