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The ABC will introduce compulsory logins for its iview service in a staged manner this year, despite the fact that there have been privacy warnings about the sharing of user data with companies like Google.

iview is a service that allows viewers to see programs that have already been broadcast, or in some case which are yet to go to air. All content provided is paid for with taxpayer funds as the ABC is a government-owned body.

Many commercial TV channels have similar services, but they require registration as this is used to monetise the service.

An ABC spokesperson told iTWire on the phone this morning that the introduction of logins would go ahead as had been indicated last year, when the company decided to postpone a plan to introduce the measure on 1 July 2021.

Last year, when iTWire asked the ABC whether it shared iview user data with Google and Facebook — it has agreements with both companies under the government's media laws — the company was unwilling to give a definite answer.

Following an FOIA request by security researcher Dr Vanessa Teague last year, it emerged that the iview user data collected by the ABC through Google Analytics was being stored in the US.

When asked on Thursday for a statement on the introduction of logins, the ABC was unwilling to provide a response.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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