AUSTRALIAN ISPs are using the exact same address to transmit customer data to remote locations, despite a Federal Government order to stop doing so.
Key points:The Domain Name System (DNS) service allows ISPs to track customer internet traffic to identify and protect themselves against cyber attacks, but there are questions about whether it should be used to track customers’ online behaviour.
The Domain Names Authority of Australia (DNAA) said it was the first time it had ever been deployed to track internet traffic and asked for the Federal Government to review its use of the technology.
Domain name service (Dns) was introduced by the Federal Communications Commission in 2011 to help internet providers track internet usage and improve the efficiency of their networks.
The ISP’s aim was to provide a seamless service, but critics say it has had the unintended consequence of giving ISPs access to a vast amount of information about customers.
The ISP is also using the DNS to track data about users across Australia, including their IP addresses, which it can use to identify them, and to track their online behaviour, including the time and date of their visits to websites.
DNS, which is operated by the DNAA, allows ISPs and service providers to use the internet to send data to a third party, such as a website.
It’s unclear how many internet users use the service.
But the ISP says it has received more than 7,000 complaints about its use and is reviewing its use.
“DNS service has provided our customers with an important service and we have made significant progress in addressing the concerns raised,” the ISP said in a statement.
“We appreciate the public interest and are continuing to address the issues raised in this report.”
The Domain Registration and Services (DRS) service was introduced in 2016 to allow Internet service providers and their customers to identify, register and control their IP address.
Internet providers are also required to keep a record of customers’ IP addresses on their networks for 12 months.
A DRS application can be used for up to six months before being withdrawn and the application must include the name of the person who signed up for it.
But it is unclear how often ISPs use DRS.
In an online letter, DNS CEO Andrew Brown said the company had been contacted by more than 500 people who had received letters from the Federal Department of Communications about DRS requests.
Mr Brown said it would be a “delicate task” for ISPs to review the data it was using, and said he would be asking the Federal Minister for Communications and Media to review how the DRS process was being used.
“I think we will have a very robust response from the Minister to this letter,” he said.