After a damaging year filled with controversies and a catastrophic hacking scandal, bosses at Optus have decided to tone down the telco’s notoriously wild party, it has emerged.
In September, about 11 million Optus customers had personal details stolen by a hacker in a data breach that caused chaos as a mysterious hacker demanded a ransom payment.
And, earlier this month, Optus agreed to pay $13.5m for failing to tell customers they couldn’t achieve promised internet speeds.
Now, in light of the troubles faced by the telco, bosses have decided to tone down this year’s Christmas party – after wild scenes in previous years.
In 2018, Optus hired a stripper for its Christmas party at Sydney’s The Star casino, though they denied having knowledge of the performance initially
The male dancer reportedly sat on an employee’s lap (above) and poured wine over his body
Social media is full of images from workers who attended raucous Optus Christmas parties over the years
In 2018, Optus caused controversy after hiring a male stripper to perform at their annual party, while other years saw huge crowds complete with booze, pyrotechnics and wild dancing.
The company initially denied hiring the stripper, who wore nothing but a golden tassel covering his genitals while performing on stage at Sydney’s The Star casino.
The male dancer reportedly sat on the lap of an employee and poured wine over his body. Pictures show the stripper twirling hula hoops on his arms in front of a crowd.
Now, according to the ‘s CBD column, bosses believe throwing an equally raucous party this year would be a ‘bad look’.
Instead, staff have been encouraged to have small gatherings and express gratitude for their achievements this year.
An Optus spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We will have a small scale get together to thank our people for their hard work and customer focus.’
Optus Christmas parties are known to be one of the biggest gay-friendly corporate celebrations in Australia, on par with Sydney’s Mardi Gras.
The male dancer at the 2018 Christmas party covered his private parts with a golden tassel and twirled hula hoops on his arms
This year’s Christmas party at Optus will be a more mundane affair after a controversial year for the telco, it has been suggested
Photos and videos show workers dressed up in elaborate costumes and doused in glitter
Optus bosses now believe throwing raucous party this year would be a ‘bad look’ for the tech giant
Social media is full of images from workers who attended Optus parties over the years.
Photos and videos show workers dressed up in elaborate costumes and doused in glitter.
They are pictured enjoying DJs, performers and flashing lights in scenes more reminiscent of a rave than an office Christmas party.
In 2017, one employee wrote: ‘@optus throw the most amazing Christmas parties.’
Another said: ‘Tonight was a hoot – Optus – you sure know how to throw a party.’
While a third wrote: ‘Party time at Optus is always a great time.
‘Bites, booze and buddies.’
Optus staff are pictured enjoying DJs, performers and flashing lights in scenes more reminiscent of a rave than an office Christmas party
In 2017, one employee wrote: ‘@optus throw the most amazing Christmas parties’
Away from the festivities, Optus faces scrutiny from Australian regulators over the way it handled the personal information of its customers.
The Office of the Information Commissioner will investigate whether Optus took reasonable steps to protect the personal information of customers, and whether the information collected and retained was necessary to their business.
The telco hoovered up information from its customers including Medicare and kbc에이전시 passport details – later obtained by the hacker – which sparked criticism over why a phone company required such details.
The Information Commissioner inquiry will be coordinated with one conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which will investigate Optus’ obligations regarding customer information as a telecommunications provider.
If the investigation reveals serious or repeated privacy breaches, the commissioner has the power to seek civil penalties through the Federal Court of up to $2.2 million for each contravention.