Telstra says it's not spying on users

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Odd logs set alarm bells ringing.

Telstra’s wireless network boffins have moved to douse online suspicion the company was surreptitiously tracking web sites visited by its mobile phone customers.

The commentary erupted on telecommunications forum Whirlpool after a user reported strange activity on their web server. They claimed a US IP address had logged the web sites seconds after they were visited by a number of Telstra handsets.

Phones from other carriers were reportedly unaffected. The rumours of unethical tracking reached fervour pitch when multiple users reported the same activity.

But in a short statement, Telstra’s senior media boss Craig Middleton said the company’s wireless network management assured that “there is nothing untoward in what the Whirlpool member has observed - it is a normal network operation”.

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