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The Australian Taxation Office has reiterated its frustration at being excluded from the list of government agencies able to obtain warrant-free access to telecommunications ‘metadata’ as part of the data retention regime.
If you’ve been on Facebook lately, you might have noticed a new notification in your feed explaining how the company uses its facial recognition technology and manages the accompanying data.
Loyalty cards and programs often offer feel-good assurances like “we care about your privacy” but a growing body of evidence shows that when a business gives a reward with one hand, it takes far more with the other.
Jakarta announced on Thursday that it had restored internet access in Papua and West Papua, saying that security conditions in the country’s easternmost regions had improved over the past few weeks.
It comes as Australian Federal Police remain tight lipped about the raid of the Canberra home of a diplomat and defence adviser.
Casually browsing the web comes with the expectation that you’re probably going to be tracked by data brokers who are thirsty for your internet habits, but one might also expect that on certain corners of the web, your information is treated with more sensitivity.
Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online. The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.
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Australia’s consumer watchdog has put the operators of the country’s large customer loyalty schemes on notice after handing down a damning report into the way they conduct business. Almost nine in ten Australian adults are members of loyalty schemes and the average person has at least four.
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Last week, Google announced a plan to “build a more private web.” The announcement post was, frankly, a mess. The company that tracks user behavior on over ⅔ of the web said that “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do.”
Victoria’s privacy watchdog has urged Canberra to wind back its data retention laws, warning that the amount of personal information being stored was creating “honeypots” for potential fraud, identity theft and violence against unsuspecting Australians.
An unprecedented iPhone hacking operation, which attacked “thousands of users a week” until it was disrupted in January, has been revealed by researchers at Google’s external security team.
Six years after NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents providing details about how states' mass surveillance programmes function, two states – the UK and South Africa – publicly admit using bulk interception capabilities.
Steve Wozniak has always been a straight-shooter who speaks his mind. And the Apple cofounder is not shying away from some bold statements this week, telling Bloomberg News that he thinks the Big Tech companies should be broken up. And that includes Apple.
The treacherous world of cyber attacks is becoming an increasingly pressing problem for civil society.
The use of humans to listen to audio recordings is particularly troubling to privacy experts because it increases the chances that a rogue employee or contractor could leak details of what is being said, including parts of sensitive conversations.
The head of the Department of Home Affairs, Mike Pezzullo, congratulated the Australian federal police for conducting raids on journalists, new documents reveal.
NSW-based mum, Tammy, is horrified about a breach in her daughter’s privacy. It turns out her daughter’s school used her eight-year-old’s image on an advertisement, without the parents’ express permission.
Whether you like it or not, 5G is coming. And it's promising blisteringly fast download speeds — up to 1 gigabyte per second — which is almost as astonishing as the amount of negative publicity it's getting.
Australia is coming last in affordability rankings for entry-level broadband services. Of developed (OECD) nations, Australia is at 36th. Japan is first, US 6th, UK 7th, New Zealand 21st.
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Facial recognition technology is spreading fast. Already widespread in China, software that identifies people by comparing images of their faces against a database of records is now being adopted across much of the rest of the world.
The U.S. government is not the only one that's watching you. So warns famed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who on Thursday called Facebook to task for spying on its users. What's more, he promised to teach people how to fight back against such corporate surveillance.
Everyone uses Bluetooth. Perhaps they shouldn't. The technology that we've come to rely on to connect our phones, smart speakers, cars, vibrators, and toasters is problematic for reasons more serious than pairing issues.
Twitter claims it is banning most terrorist-related accounts before they even tweet, as the prime minister, Scott Morrison, pushes for the tech companies to be more transparent around what they’re doing to fight terrorism online.
Australia’s data encrytion laws, which compel tech firms to give police and security agencies access to encrypted messages, are an oppression of human rights, according to a visiting cyber expert.
Encryption is simply the process of converting information or data into a code that only the selected parties can read.
Worried parents or controlling spouses who use spyware to monitor their loved ones are likely breaking the law, a new study has warned.
Why do we care about encryption? Why was it a big deal, at least in theory, when Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier this year that Facebook would move to end-to-end encryption on all three of its messaging platforms? We don’t just support encryption for its own sake.
A world in which the internet suddenly stops: surely the TV show’s already in development. Sprawling cast, gorgeous visuals, tediously on-the-nose themes. Some handsome B-lister tearing around the country in pursuit of his wayward kids, or the shadowy sect that pulled the plug in the first place.
Privacy researchers in Europe believe they have the first proof that a long-theorised vulnerability in systems designed to protect privacy by aggregating and adding noise to data to mask individual identities is no longer just a theory.
Lucio, a 4-month-old German shepherd, gets tricked into sitting still for two fucking seconds. (Photo: Andrew Couts / Gizmodo) People are hyper-vigilant these days about protecting their personal information, all the little details about themselves that can lead to stalking or harassment online.
Last week, all of us who live in the UK, and all who visit us, discovered that our faces were being scanned secretly by private companies and have been for some time.
Heavy surveillance is often the subject of terrifying dystopian films because it goes straight to our core fear of being watched. A new report has revealed the world’s most-surveilled cities – and Sydney isn’t far from the top.
For the last two years, Detroit police have been quietly utilizing controversial and unreliable facial recognition technology to make arrests in the city.
Amazon has faced public outrage for providing cloud services to the U.S. government, including law enforcement agencies that conduct mass-raids and separate families at the southern border.
Exposed passwords are bad enough. But fingerprint and facial recognition data? That’s terrifying.
Bureaucrats have defended their decision to write to the Nine Network after it aired footage of a One Nation candidate groping dancers in a US strip club, telling a parliamentary inquiry into media freedom the broadcaster was not a target of foreign interference laws.
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One of Australia's top journalists has revealed that a whistleblower source for a groundbreaking scoop "absolutely freaked out" and almost pulled out of the story after seeing federal police raid the national broadcaster and a journalist's home in June.
Communications minister and former Optus executive Paul Fletcher is in a $51 billion game of chicken with the telco industry he used to work for, as the wholesale NBN Co clambers towards profitability on the back of retailers like Telstra, which reported a 40 per cent dive in earnings this morning.
Facebook has confirmed that it has been paying third party contractors to transcribe user conversations that they recorded in secret.
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Is the federal government serious about the parliamentary inquiry into press freedom, or is it just going through the motions to keep the issue off the front pages? At this morning’s public hearing in Sydney, it was hard to avoid the impression of a disconnect between the grave message coming from
If anyone doubts the need for a charter of rights in Australia, the Banerji decision of the High Court handed down last week demonstrates why legislative protection for our common law freedoms has become a matter of national urgency. We have it from the most authoritative source.
While the iPhone is one of the most secure consumer devices on the market, it’s certainly not infallible.
The June 2019 Australian Federal Police raids on journalist Annika Smethurst’s home and the headquarters of the ABC highlight the need to rein in secrecy and mass surveillance laws that damage Australia’s democracy, the Human Rights Law Centre will tell a parliamentary inquiry today.
An entire industry exists to trade on your personal data - everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions. The results can genuinely harm consumers. Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws.