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Most people on Facebook have probably seen something they wish they hadn’t, whether it be violent pictures or racist comments. How the social media giant decides what is and isn’t acceptable is often a mystery.
Certain senators have repeatedly pushed for encryption bans or encryption backdoors, sacrificing personal security for national security in a move that will definitively result in less of both. Former FBI Director James Comey's incessant beating of his "Going Dark" drum didn't help.
ONE of the world’s most popular websites has weighed into the debate over Australia’s strict, and what many see as outdated, copyright laws.
Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.
People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys-general.
Contrary to the inviting “Sounds good” button to accept the new policy and get to tweeting, the changes Twitter has made around user tracking and data personalization do not sound good for user privacy.
Swedish prosecutors are to drop their preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, bringing an end to a seven-year legal standoff.
The Government's privacy code will be overhauled after a series of high-profile errors and concerns the public is losing confidence in its ability to handle personal information.
Reuben Paul, 11, tells conference that smart cars, fridges, lights and even teddy bears can be used to spy on or harm people Reuben Paul, 11, tells conference that smart cars, fridges, lights and even teddy bears can be used to spy on or harm people 20.
Apple has released security updates for both of its main operating systems, along with iTunes, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. All should be installed as soon as possible before they are exploited by miscreants.
A terabyte isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? A petabyte. And companies like DigitalGlobe are creating more of them than they can upload to the cloud. That’s why Jeff Bezos has a service for shipping huge amounts of data via traditional roadways.
This research, published with Transparency International, measures the progress made by 5 key countries in implementing the G20 Anti-Corruption Open Data Principles.
The Department of Human Services is eager to make the 30 years' worth of citizen data in its control more accessible to ministers and policy-makers.
In the modern age, we find one truth to be self evident: today’s technology vulnerabilities are tomorrow’s safety threats. Look no further than the WannaCry “ransomware” attack that started spreading this past Friday.
You can’t see them, you can’t hear them, but they’re there – stealthy trackers, inaudible to human ear that capture your whereabouts without you having any idea about it. Say ‘hello’ to ultrasonic beacons!
Despite growing concerns over online privacy, Australians are not using readily available methods to protect themselves online, according to the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner.
When privacy finally dies, it will be, if nothing else, extremely convenient for travellers. This winter, US airline Delta is launching a $US600,000 ($809,060) face recognition pilot program, introducing four face-scanning machines at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was shot and killed in Washington, D.C., last summer, leaked more than 44,000 emails to WikiLeaks before his death, according to a report.
BRISBANE, Australia — Fed up with Australian internet speeds that trail those in most of the developed world, Morgan Jaffit turned to a more reliable method of data transfer: the postal system.
State-sponsored hackers may have meddled in political campaigns from the US to France to the Netherlands. And while nations are finding it tough to cooperate on the issue, Microsoft is pushing for more global cooperation, not less, in proposing a Digital Geneva Convention to prevent cyberwarfare.
Whether you’re tweeting, shopping or just browsing, internet companies are monitoring you. Here’s how to evade the snoopers Whether you’re tweeting, shopping or just browsing, internet companies are monitoring you. Here’s how to evade the snoopers Nobody likes being spied on.
It’s well known that surveillance effects how we behave. A recent study on the issue showed that traffic to Wikipedia articles on controversial subjects dropped off significantly after Edward Snowden revealed widespread Internet surveillance by the NSA and GCHQ.
SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers exploiting malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency executed damaging cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries worldwide, forcing Britain’s public health system to send p
We need to take these tech giants to task. They must acknowledge their influence and become truly accountable for their actions We need to take these tech giants to task. They must acknowledge their influence and become truly accountable for their actions
There is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set. This appears to be a defect in the browser which should be addressed soon.
A promising inquiry into how data is used in Australia has proved disappointing, with consumers being offered few new protections. Released this week, the Productivity Commission’s final report, titled Data Availability and Use, represents a major shift in the legal landscape of data rights.
Intel’s CPUs have another Intel inside. Since 2008, most of Intel’s chipsets have contained a tiny homunculus computer called the “Management Engine” (ME).
I love me my internets. Love ’em. Datalove, cyber-hippies, instant-data-transfers, crowdsourced decision-making, opengov, making shiny cyber-societies of transhuman wealth and immortality, and all that shit. Share your selfies, encrypt your hearts! Etc, etc, etc.
Budget 2017 initiatives relevant to digital rights, surveillance and privacy: AU$10.7 million over four years to establish the Cyber Security Advisory Office (CSAO). $22.
Equal access to online information is once again under serious threat. John Oliver encourages internet commenters to voice their displeasure to the FCC by visiting www.gofccyourself.com and clicking "express" to file your comment.Connect with Last Week Tonight online...Subscribe to the Last Week Ton
Australians will not have legislative backing to tell anyone collecting data on them to stop, the Productivity Commission has said in its Data Availability and Use report.
The UK government has secretly drawn up more details of its new bulk surveillance powers – awarding itself the ability to monitor Brits' live communications, and insert encryption backdoors by the backdoor.
On October 13, 2015, the Metadata Retention law came into play. On that sad and gloomy day, Australian Federal House of Representatives passed the law labeled “Metadata Retention Law.
The Department of Immigration is using information from public social media accounts to verify claims made in visa applications, and in some cases catching-out applicants when inconsistencies are found.
A team of researchers from the Brunswick Technical University in Germany has discovered an alarming number of Android applications that employ ultrasonic tracking beacons to track users and their nearby environment.
Australian virtual private network providers are at odds over whether they are required to comply with the country's data retention laws and store user metadata due to a lack of clarity and guidance by the federal government.
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The National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records about Americans' phone calls in 2016, despite a new system created by Congress to curb the agency's ability to collect bulk phone records, a new report revealed Tuesday.
The definitely not-legit email disguises itself as an official message from Google alerting you that someone wants to share a Google Doc with you. Notifications of this sort are common and often wouldn't raise an eyebrow. DON'T CLICK.
Every year, the internet gets a little less fair. The corporations that run it get a little bigger, their power grows more concentrated, and a bit of their idealism gives way to ruthless pragmatism.
Social psychologists have known for decades that the relationship between attitudes and behaviors is complex, if not weak. This is true online as well as offline.
Every once in a while, an app like Unroll.me pops into the spotlight to remind us that we all tend to authorise a lot of apps to access our email and social media accounts without much thought. Sometimes, as in the case of Unroll.me, those apps get busy selling off our data.
Kashmir continues to bathe in the blood of its own people, falling prey to ‘stray bullets’ and ‘non lethal pellets’ fired from the guns of the Indian armed forces. Since July 2016, Kashmir has lost over 100 young lives, thousands (registered and unregistered in hospitals) have been injured.
It may not come as a surprise that journalists need digital security for various reasons. One of them is for protecting their information sources from prying eyes. Australian laws require ISPs to collect and retain metadata, which can be (ab)used to track down the sources.
The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information.
Late last week, the commissioner of the Australian Federal Police revealed that an officer has accessed the personal metadata of an Australian journalist as part of an investigation into that reporter’s sources for a story about the AFP.
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Journalists joke about whose phone records were accessed by the Australian federal police, but this legal failure is no laughing matter Journalists joke about whose phone records were accessed by the Australian federal police, but this legal failure is no laughing matter 21.