Level 22: Superhuman

ACMA and NFC devices and communications

ACMA have begun a discussion on Near Field Communications devices (NFC is a big interest of mine):


"5 June 2013

Coherent regulation best for near field communications

Electronic mobile payments are taking off as the use by Australians of near field communications (NFC) enabled smartphones and apps increases.  However, there are emerging concerns about sharing personal information and challenges to the regulation intended to protect users, according to a new Australian Communications and Media Authority paper, Near field communications —Emerging issues in media and communications, Occasional paper 2 (Word | PDF).

In this, the second of a series of four occasional papers addressing various emerging issues in contemporary communications and media, the ACMA discusses the impact on industry, consumers and citizens of tensions inherent in the current regulation of NFC. Assessing these tensions is intended to inform the ACMA's consideration of regulatory strategies to engage constructively with the developing networked society and information economy.

Mobile devices equipped with NFC are a key technology enabler to the development of electronic mobile payments and many other apps. Fragmented regulation of NFC risks creating costs to industry and confusion for consumers.

'From a regulatory point of view, the shifts in communications and media usage that NFC will enable are unlikely to be adequately reflected in existing legislative or regulatory concepts. As NFC-enabled transactions enter the mainstream, we believe that consumers using NFC and related apps would best be protected by a single coherent regulatory framework,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

By 2014 there will be an estimated 285 million plus NFC-enabled handsets in use in the world.  With more than 70 per cent of all Australians now using a smartphone, Australia is in a strong position for NFC transactions to grow. NFC allows phones to be used for electronic payments like the eWallet, for 'bump' apps that share information between two phones and for personalising SmartTags.

'NFC is another example where digital communications are transforming other sectors of the economy and the way that Australians share information and communicate with each other' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. So for Australians using NFC to make mobile payments, there are some important tips to remember:

  • Use the      privacy and security settings on the phone to control  who has access      to personal and financial data stored in your phone
  • Know how      to turn location services on or off so you control who sees where you are
  • Keep tabs      on your transactions.

More information is available in the Backgrounder below. To arrange an interview, please contact: Blake Murdoch, (02) 9334 7817, and 0434 567 391or media@acma.gov.au."



In this series of occasional papers, the ACMA is again examining issues in contemporary communications and media.  This is an integral part of the ACMA's regulatory role in facilitating innovative services in the Australian market, as well as assisting individual citizens and consumers to positively manage their communications and media experience.

Near Field Communication– is the second in a series of 4 papers exploring different features of contemporary communications and media.

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a set of standards allowing low-power wireless links to transfer small amounts of data from one device to another, securely and at very short range.

NFC is an example of a converged communications activity that combines smartphone device functionality, access to spectrum and the downloading of software applications or apps to deliver services.  The NFC market has the potential to grow rapidly in the next five to ten years, particularly for NFC-enabled payments. 

The ACMA has multi-faceted interest in the development of NFC. As the agency responsible for the management of Australia's radiocommunications spectrum, the potential growth in the use of NFC has implications for future spectrum demand.  From the perspective of consumers, strategies to manage potential risks as well as boost their confidence in the protection of personal or financial information exchanged in NFC-enabled transactions are relevant issues.





Thought people here might be interested.



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Level 23: Superhero

Re: ACMA and NFC devices and communications

Thanks for the interesting read Smiley Wink

NFC for me is all a bit scary. Yes it's very convenient to purchase "stuff" but eeeeeek there's scammers out there that can sniff your credit card details without you even knowing, mind this is coming from a bloke that wears a foil hat Smiley Tongue


Level 22: Superhuman

Re: ACMA and NFC devices and communications



I'll be watching the ACMA developments with interest, and I have an interest in the whole thing.


IIRC, all phones have the ability to turn NFC on or off.


I remember the troubles with Bluetooth in the early days, when people could hijack the bluetooth of a persons phone, and there are STILL ways to do it.


NFC though, needs a closer connection, but there are still potential exposures, and as of 2012, there was evidence of a theoretical hack of NFC.......  sigh, invent something useful, and someone will find a way to break it.



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Re: ACMA and NFC devices and communications

Vodafone with their payment applicaion working with Visa and westpac and Coles using sim based technology in a large scale roll out eg 5000 have not mentioned ACMA.

CBA blamed the slow roll out on bickering between telco's,phone makers and google.

I believe the slow roll out is due to bickering between telstra ,visa regarding post paid nfc applications which may be due to the global agreement between visa and vodafone.Pre paid application should be a money spinner for telstra.

As a shareholder I would love to see more action from telstra not only for post paid nfc eg payments,loyalty,transit but nfc out door advertising,i was hoping they would aquiredeye corp ,Ooh media this area has great potential globally and could provide telstra with a excuse to partner much needed large scale global players like deceaux or docomo..

ps seems to be mixed messages from 2 telstra managers on nfc,and definiety ias a shareholder i would like to hear Mr Thodey at least mention the subject.

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