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CatchConnect To Launch New Telco Offering Tomorrow In Partnership With Optus

Catch.com.au is set to launch their new telco business called CatchConnect tomorrow in partnership with Optus.

The Company who have a reputation for questionable security and data breaches is looking to take business away from Aldi, Woolworths, Amaysim and Kogan.
Experts claim the new business is set to struggle claiming the Australian market is oversupplied, with carriers also moving to match discount operators.

Called Catch Connect the business will offer mobile and data services, a key element of their offering is that users of their service will be able to claim rebates against products purchased on Catch sites.

A price list seen by ChannelNews reveals that SMS calls will be free while with a small Catch Connect package users will be charged $0.99 cents a minute.

After ChannelNews exposed their new operation last month the Company moved to shut off access to their new website which will be called catchconnect.com.au.

The Company will tomorrow roll out CatchBack which is a Catch gimmick that repays users every dollar with CatchBack dollars.

The only problem is that the Company is making the lost telco margin on the goods purchased by their customers.

Information on the catchconnect.com.au site claims that users can spend their budget on over 700,000 goods. They can also acquire a 3X voucher with a minimum spend of $60.

This is the same Company that in the past has tried to hide data breaches.

Three years ago, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) via privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim “expressed concern about the size of a Catch data breach.

Mr Pilgrim recommended that Catch of the Day “improve its processes for notifying customers of data breach incidents in future”, noting concern at “the significant delay between [Catch of the Day] becoming aware of the incident and notifying affected individuals”.

In 2011, Catch of the Day was hacked, and personal information and credit card numbers are stolen.

In June 2014, Catch of the Day emails customers, telling them of the data breach, and says it has reported the hack to AFP.

In July 2014, OAIC is told about the breach a month before the public. When it becomes public, OAIC requests more information.

In July 2014, AFP says nothing was reported from Catch of the Day in 2011.

More alarming is the fact that in the past the Company was accused of not only trying to cover up past data breaches, they also told media Companies that they had called in the Australian Federal Police to investigate the breach.

The AFP later denied claiming “AFP records do not show that any complaint was received …from the Catch of the Day website,” an AFP spokesperson said at the time.

Daily deals website Catch of the Day has escaped any penalty for a data breach, which saw a significant amount of the financial and private details of its customers stolen.

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