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Why mobile phone jammers are prohibited

jammers.pngThe supply, possession and use of mobile phone jammers in Australia is prohibited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) because jammers can cause significant interference to mobile phone networks. Use of a jamming device in Australia can result in fines of up to $255,000 or two years jail. AMTA Police Manager, Lisa Brown, said that mobile phone jammers are radiocommunications devices that interfere with signals between a mobile phone and the base station or network. Mobile jammers can be used to disable mobile phones and prevent calls from being made and received. The media often reports anecdotes of people using mobile jammers in Australia or overseas to prevent others from making mobile phone calls while on public transport, in theatres, churches or in other public spaces.

ACMA’s March quarter 2016 Snapshot

ACMA.jpgThe Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its quarterly March 2016 Snapshot, which gives an overview of regulatory and compliance activities. The ACMA s Quarterly Snapshot infographic series helps the many and varied groups of Australians affected by our work to gain an appreciation of the range of our day-to-day regulatory activities, said ACMA acting Chairman, Richard Bean.

Telstra a finalist for UNAA World Environment Day Awards 2016

World Environment Day Awards.jpgTelstra's Environment Strategy & eCycle Service is a finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia's (UNAA) annual World Environment Day Business Awards. The awards mark World Environment Day on 6 June and celebrate the innovation and creativity of Australian organisations, such as Telstra, to encourage others to take positive environmental action. Telstra developed the eCycle Service to provide a responsible, safe environmental way for SMEs to dispose of unwanted or redundant technology. Driven by Telstra Business Centres, the eCycle Service provides a convenient free pick-up and recycling program so that old electronic devices don t end up in landfill or clutter the workplace. Telstra partnered with Infoactiv, which is an e-waste recycling and stewardship business for logistics and program design.

Wise up to scams

fraud-week-.pngAustralians are losing more than $230 million in scams. This Fraud Week we are urged to, Wise Up to Scams . The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has calculated that total scam losses exceed $229 million last year. The ACCC s report reveals that investment scams and dating and romance scams resulted in the largest financial losses, says ACCC Deputy Chair, Delia Rickard.

Use mobile handset security features for protection against thieves

mobile-security (1).pngUse your mobile phone handset's security features to protect your private and confidential data from thieves or if you lose your phone. AMTA, on behalf of the mobile telecommunications industry, runs a handset blocking program to protect customers from theft and lost. When reported lost or stolen, a handset is blocked across all Australian networks making in inoperable. However, customers should activate their phone s Personal Identification Number (PIN) to prevent thieves from gaining access to confidential information contained on the handset. Also, activate the PIN code for the SIM card. See more about the Lost and Stolen program:

The National Relay Service – 2016 and beyond

Man texting.jpgToday's data services and text communications offer improved accessibility to mobile communications for those people who have a disability. AMTA and Communications Alliance (CA) have responded to the Department of Communications and the Arts consultation paper Communications Accessibility: 2016 and beyond. The submission outlines potential options for the National Relay Service (NRS) and improving accessibility of communications for people living with disability. The Associations recommended that, where practical, Government should support and promote a shift away from reliance on Teletypewriters (TTY) specifically, and the NRS more generally, to increasing use of mainstream direct communications because this would be more effective, efficient and beneficial for end-users that are able to use mainstream technologies. The Associations note that the manufacturers of TTY equipment have notified industry members that they will soon cease manufacture and supply of TTY equipment.

Triple Zero (000) calls now have improved caller location information

call_triple_zero.jpgCalls to Triple Zero (000) from mobiles now contain improved location information, says the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Mobile carriers Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have worked in partnership with Emergency Service Organisations (ESOs) to introduce upgraded systems to allow better information about the location of a mobile caller to Triple Zero (000). Unlike fixed landlines, emergency calls from mobile phones have not previously been able to give emergency services potentially helpful information about the caller s location. See AMTA s tips for emergencies and mobiles:

World-first traffic app to avoid traffic delays

Adelaide.PNGAdelaide drivers will have access to a world-first trial of a new traffic app, which helps drivers to avoid traffic delays caused by road works and congestion. South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephen Mulligan, said the locally-developed app was launched today and it would give drivers voice messages via Bluetooth of any traffic delays ahead on their route. He said the app, AddInsight, is the only app in the world that can warn motorists of what is ahead in real-time, making it more accurate and responsive than other apps, which use location services to identify congestion. See story here: Also, for safer driving tips see:

What the experts say about Catalyst’s top 10 mobile health claims

Catalyst photo.pngABC TV s Catalyst aired a number allegations in February about health and safety issues related to mobile telecommunications and Wi-Fi. The program was widely criticised for being unbalanced and failing to present the scientific consensus of expert national and international health agencies on mobile phone safety. AMTA in its latest EME Update has presented the views of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and other official agencies, which all continue to find that no adverse health effects have been established as being caused from mobile phone use. AMTA supports the right of people to have their own views on health and safety issues. However, it is important that they have the facts from the weight of science on these issues, allowing them to make informed choices about their use of the technology. EME Update looks at Catalyst s top 10 claims and provides what the independent scientific experts have to say.

1. Body worn everyday use and safety limits

Catalyst Claims: It s fair to say that sometimes people would be breaching the safety limits of their mobile phones every day Mobile phone manufacturers themselves are aware of the potential risks which is why they recently put warnings in each device. AMTA response: The printed quick start guides provided with mobile phones and the electronic manuals within each model of phone carry a notification about how mobile phones are tested for compliance with safety standards when a phone is held close to the body, such as when placed in a pocket. The notification is intended to show transparency about how each phone model is tested, when used close to the body in order to meet the exposure limits they are not a hidden safety warning . Like most other consumer goods, mobile phone guides advise owners on appropriate use for various situations. However, the notifications only recommend distances that mobile phones should be kept away from the body (not the ear or head).
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