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The Australian consumer watchdog gets tough with social media influencers

02 February 2023
ACCC to identify misleading testimonials and endorsements by social media influencers
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U.S. Accuses Google of Abusing Monopoly in Ad Technology

02 February 2023
Google has - “corrupted legitimate competition in the ad tech industry by engaging in a systematic campaign to seize control of the wide swath of high-tech tools used by publishers, advertisers and brokers, to facilitate digital advertising".
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FBI Examines Snapchat’s Role in Fentanyl Poisoning Deaths

02 February 2023
Social media under scrutiny as fentanyl crisis spikes in US
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Online abuse or harassment when using dating apps affecting 3 out 4 Australians

02 February 2023
Sexual harassment, aggression and violence victimisation among mobile dating app and website users in Australia by Australian Institute of Criminology
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Did Facebook use its dominate market position to monetise users personal information?

02 February 2023
Facebook on Monday asked a London tribunal to block the collective lawsuit valued at A$5.25 billion.
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Giggling US marines outsmart AI with gaming technique

02 February 2023
Eight US Marines recently cracked the code
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Pharmaceutical industry pressured Twitter to censor information about generic vaccine

26 January 2023
Many pharmaceutical lobby groups made exaggerated claims about the danger of sharing vaccine technology
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Google loses bid to block Indian Android antitrust ruling in major setback

26 January 2023
Setback that will force the U.S. tech giant to change the business model of its popular Android operating system in a key growth market.
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Tech Sector Job Cuts Continue

26 January 2023
Close to 200,000 tech employees have been laid off since the start of 2022
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Meta's WhatsApp subsidiary fined 5.5 million euros

26 January 2023
The Irish watchdog has fined Meta 1.3 billion euros to date
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New powers for Australia’s media regulator

19 January 2023
Government says Acma will be able to impose a compulsory code of conduct against disinformation on digital platforms
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Meta’s Ad Practices Ruled Illegal Under E.U. Law

12 January 2023
The decision is one of the most consequential issued under the E.U.’s landmark data-protection law and creates a new business headwind for the social media giant.
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Brain changes in Teens has been linked to social media usage

12 January 2023
Habitual checking of social media in early adolescence may be longitudinally associated with changes in neural sensitivity to anticipation of social rewards and punishments, which could have implications for psychological adjustment.
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Seattle schools sue big tech over youth mental health crisis

12 January 2023
Current law shields big tech from legal claims - Voices on both sides of politics have called for law reform.
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NBN Co under pressure by the ACCC to go back to square one with its wholesale pricing plan.

12 January 2023
The ACCC is concerned the NBN Co pricing and products are designed to push people onto faster plans by raising the prices of the most popular lower-speed plans.
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Information sharing deal with US law enforcement

12 January 2023
The new system will allow authorities to obtain data in days or weeks, rather than months or years
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Microsoft’s ChatGPT poised to dominate the A.I. race

12 January 2023
A.I. systems develop their skills by analysing enormous amounts of digital text.
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Tech cold war between China and America

04 January 2023
U.S. companies have pledged nearly $200 billion for chip manufacturing projects since early 2020
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Australian Digital Health Agency drafts new security standard

04 January 2023
My Health Record interconnected systems vulnerable
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Apple woos Tokyo as antitrust pressure builds in the West

04 January 2023
Apple faces growing pressure to open up to third-party app stores.
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U.S. slaps record penalty on Fortnite maker for alleged children's privacy violation

22 December 2022
The announcement comes as the agency has taken a stronger role in policing the gaming industry, announcing last week a complaint against Microsoft over its $69 billion bid to acquire Activision.
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AI-focused film festival coming to New York in February

22 December 2022
Can AI level the playing field for budding moviemakers?
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Fire Rescue Victoria confirms cyber attack

22 December 2022
Continues to deal with a widespread IT outage.
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After Australia fight, Facebook threatens to block US news

15 December 2022
Is Meta's threat undemocratic?
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ATO has lost access to years of taxpayer data

15 December 2022
Workaround attempts to manually reconstruct the tax documents from data spread across multiple database tables also failed.
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Telstra privacy breach

15 December 2022
130,000 customer details mistakenly published online via Directory Assistance and the White Pages when they should have been unlisted.
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Microsoft seeks to settle EU antitrust concerns over Teams -sources

15 December 2022
Microsoft introduced Teams in 2017, aiming for a slice of the fast-growing and lucrative workplace collaboration market.
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Start-up trials headset to treat Alzheimer’s disease

07 December 2022
The headset delivers light and sound at a frequency that improves cognitive ability.
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Microsoft stealing billions of lines of computer code

07 December 2022
A lawsuit equates this process to piracy, because the system does not acknowledge its debt to existing work.
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Password app LastPass hit by cybersecurity breach

07 December 2022
Source code and technical information was taken from unauthorised access to a third-party storage service the company had been using.
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Microsoft Expansion Ambitions Supported by Saudi Arabia

30 November 2022
Can tech companies continue to buy companies amid a backlash?
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Telstra continues to be caught out by legacy systems, as problems bring ACMA enforcement actions

30 November 2022
Telstra continues to be caught out by legacy systems problems bringing ACMA enforcement actions.
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500 Million WhatsApp User Phone Numbers For Sale Online

30 November 2022
Someone is allegedly selling up-to-date mobile phone numbers
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Help Desk Scam Foiled

30 November 2022
The Australian Federal Police and London Metropolitan Police Join Forces...
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Ombudsman report finds the Access and Assistance regime plagued with problems

23 November 2022
Governance, record-keeping and legislation faulty.
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Tanya O’Carroll v Meta; Landmark case to stop Facebook spying on us

23 November 2022
Court asked to enforce unqualified “right to object” under GDPR
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F.T.C Under Pressure to Ban ‘Unfair’ Online Manipulation of Kids

23 November 2022
Children advocacy groups ask regulators to prohibit online services from offering unpredictable rewards — a technique that slot machines use — to keep children online.
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WhatsApp business chat to drive sales for Meta

23 November 2022
Meta said it would lay off 11,000 workers
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Vanuatu government websites disabled by hackers for over a week

23 November 2022
The hack disabled the websites of the Pacific island's parliament, police and prime minister's office.
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DuckDuckGo’s App Tracking Protection available for all Android users

23 November 2022
This information can be sold to companies like data brokers, advertisers, and even governments.
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Australia sets up 100-strong permanent 'operation' to target hackers

16 November 2022
The personnel come together from the Australian Federal Police and Australian Signals Directorate under what is being termed a “joint standing operation”.
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Apple IS watching you! Tech giant collects data about users from its own pre-installed apps

16 November 2022
It is not clear why Apple is backtracking on its pro-privacy stance...
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Hackers post “naughty and nice” lists of stolen Medibank Data

16 November 2022
Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has warned that the “scumbag” hackers leaking sensitive Medibank patient information to the dark web could continue to drip-feed the data for months.
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Telstra, Optus, TPG fined for misleading consumers on NBN plans

16 November 2022
It's estimated around 120,000 consumers in total were impacted throughout a 12-month period across 2019 and 2020.
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U.S. telecom regulator launching new space bureau

09 November 2022
Private companies invested $10 billion in space last year.
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Cyber capability fund for Australian police boosted to $51m

09 November 2022
A Home Affairs spokesperson told iTnews: It is also intended to be "an ongoing fund.”
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Company directors scrambling to get ID or face $13,000 fine in bid to stop 'dummy directors'

09 November 2022
Director IDs are being made mandatory for every director covered by the Corporations Act and must be in place by the end of November.
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Australia's Medibank aware of hacker threat to leak data in 24 hours

09 November 2022
Medibank warns customers they could be contacted by the criminal directly
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ACSC reports 13 percent rise in cyber crime since last year

09 November 2022
"Australian organisations still had critical software vulnerabilities which criminal groups and hostile states could exploit rapidly." Abigail Bradshaw, ACSC
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Dropbox discloses GitHub security breach

09 November 2022
Phishing attack targeted multiple Dropbox employees using emails impersonating the CircleCI platform.
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Gold Coast strata company SSKB held ransom after cyber hack

02 November 2022
The criminals are reportedly claiming to have stolen 200 gigabytes of data from the company
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Google acquires Twitter-backed AI avatar startup Alter for $100 million

02 November 2022
Google hopes to use Alter to improve and ramp up its content offerings.
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Twitter is officially an Elon Musk company

02 November 2022
Questions still remain about what Musk plans to do with Twitter now that he owns it, though he’s made a number of public comments.
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Pathology company reveals it was hit by hackers in February

02 November 2022
Breach affected its subsidiary Medlab, and the data accessed included staff as well as patients.
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Facebook’s AI chatbots and gambling RM-FB-Gambling

02 November 2022
How Facebook bots tried to lure young men to Tabcorp-backed gambling app
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Census attacked almost one billion times in 2021

26 October 2022
On census day alone over 300,000 malicious connections were blocked, along with 130,000 IP addresses which were the source of this attack traffic.
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Google under fire in Texan lawsuit

26 October 2022
Texas sues Google for allegedly capturing biometric data of millions without consent
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A defence satellite system for Australia

26 October 2022
Space has become a potential theatre of war as well as a data super-highway.
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Medibank Hack

26 October 2022
Australian health insurance giant Medibank has revealed the hack of customer records has affected more customers than previously thought, including customers of the main Medibank brand.
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Chinese government rejects Starlink access

19 October 2022
Tesla maintains a factory in Shanghai, and the company has reportedly sold more than 80,000 cars in China.
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Artificial human brain learns to play Pong

19 October 2022
The culture of 800,000 brain cells is known as DishBrain
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Children as young as six suffering from dry eye disease

19 October 2022
Looking at a screen dramatically reduces blink rate
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Microsoft’s new goggles failed US army field test

19 October 2022
US soldier suffered “mission-affecting physical impairments”.
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Telstra, NAB staff info stolen in third-party data breach

12 October 2022
Data stolen from a platform called Pegasus
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Australia's Telstra hit by data breach, two weeks after attack on Optus

12 October 2022
A Telstra internal staff email put the number of affected current and former employees at 30,000.
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Musk Twitter acquisition to go ahead – probably

12 October 2022
Musk intends to move forward with the deal under the condition that the lawsuit does not proceed.
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ACMA Investigation into Optus Data Breach

12 October 2022
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has advised Singtel Optus Pty Limited (Optus) that it has commenced a formal investigation in response to the September 2022 Optus data breach.
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Australian Defence Officials caught in Singapore hotel data hack

12 October 2022
Sophisticated cyber hack
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OAIC opens investigation into Optus over data breach

12 October 2022
Did Optus companies take reasonable steps to protect the personal information as outlined in the APPs?
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How operating systems can prevent browser choice

06 October 2022
Consumers forced to use products which are worse for privacy and security
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NASA probe attempts to avoid an Armageddon scenario

06 October 2022
Scientists aren't sure yet if they actually knocked the asteroid off its course.
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LinkedIn experiments influence people’s livelihoods

06 October 2022
LinkedIn conducted social experiments on 20 million users over five years
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Distrust of Social Media

06 October 2022
Roy Morgan survey shows an interesting difference between how Australians regard the internet compared to their views on Social Media.
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Tesla prioritises humanoid robot over autopilot project

28 September 2022
Customers file a class action lawsuit against Tesla over its claims about Autopilot and the FSD package.
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China state media accuses the NSA of hacking the country’s telecommunications networks

28 September 2022
NSA attempting to control the country’s infrastructure.
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Optus Data Breach

28 September 2022
Singtel Optus has repeated lobbied against proposed changes to the privacy laws in Australia.
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Royal Commission Into Robo-debt Announced

21 September 2022
The royal commission is set to examine the actions of bureaucrats who implemented the program and brushed off warnings over its legality.
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Food delivery robot rolls through active crime scene

21 September 2022
Cops perplexed
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Facebook reported users to FBI

21 September 2022
“It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause..."
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Super thin, deep insert skimming devices target ATM card data

21 September 2022
Crooks can clone payment cards
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Prize-winning AI Generated Art Sparks Controversy

21 September 2022
Is this the death of artistry?
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Tax Data Grab

14 September 2022
The government has introduced a bill that would allow federal, state and territory agencies to use tax data when determining eligibility for relief payments during “major” disasters.
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Ombudsman Questions Police Access To Telco Data

14 September 2022
Serious compliance issues with law enforcement under Australia’s telecommunications interception laws
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Candid Doorbell TV Show Raises Privacy Concerns

14 September 2022
Amazon owns both the world's biggest selling smart doorbell Ring, and movie studio MGM.
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Cloud Computing Company VMware Charged

14 September 2022
SEC charges VMware with misleading investors by obscuring financial performance
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Instagram fined 405 million euros over handling of children’s data

07 September 2022
Ireland's data privacy regulator has opened over a dozen investigations into Meta companies, including Facebook and WhatsApp.
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EvilProxy targets software developers and IT engineers

07 September 2022
Brands vulnerable include Apple iCloud, Facebook, GoDaddy, GitHub, Google, Dropbox, Instagram, Microsoft, NPM, PyPI, RubyGems, Twitter, Yahoo, Yandex, and more…
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Biden places restrictions on chips sold to China and Russia

07 September 2022
Obstruction tactics deployed as cold war between China and the United States escalates for dominance in advanced technologies
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Google relents to pressure from regulators for alternative payment systems on Android devices

07 September 2022
Pilot for apps trial user-choice payment
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Planned satellite constellation could disrupt space observation

07 September 2022
Growing market in space-based cellular networks
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Privacy fears with AMAZON’s merger bid for iRobot maker Roomba

31 August 2022
Amazon has bid billions of dollars for iRobot and primary care provider One Medical These acquisitions, if they go ahead, will give the company access to a vast amount of personal information – like the floor plan of your home, or your medical records
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IBM government contract exceeds budget by over a $1 billion

31 August 2022
With nearly a year still to go the DTA is in discussion with IBM to extend or renegotiate terms.
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Australian banks could help prevent online financial scams

31 August 2022
Why are banks in Australia making it easy for criminals engaging in online financial scams?
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Remote scanning of students room deemed illegal

31 August 2022
A federal judge in America has determined that Cleveland State University violated the Fourth Ammendment when software was used to scan the bedroom of a chemistry student before he took a remote test.
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Google is not a publisher

24 August 2022
The High Court of Australia determined that search engine hyperlinks do not constitute publication and that Google is not a publisher of the websites it links to in search results.
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Apple security flaw allows hackers to fully control devices

24 August 2022
Update now
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Study finds insider trading was common at Coinbase

24 August 2022
Illegal profiteering by purchasing a cryptocurrency before its listing is made public.
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COVIDSafe App Scrapped

24 August 2022
“Albanese government acted to delete the wasteful and ineffective COVIDSafe app”
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ACCC fines Google $60 million

17 August 2022
Google mislead Android users by making them think that the company was not tracking them
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Meta injecting code into websites to track users

17 August 2022
Facebook and Instagram track users around the web and build an accurate profile of their interests
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