AFP did not interview Angus Taylor over false document before dropping investigation | Australia news- Tempemail

The Australian Federal Police did not interview Angus Taylor before concluding further investigation would not substantiate whether an offence had been committed in relation to a letter he signed containing inflated data about City of Sydney council’s travel spending. The AFP commissioner, Reece Kershaw, told reporters at the Tempemail Press Continue Reading

China accuses Australia of discriminating against Huawei | Australia news

The Australian government’s ban on Huawei’s participation in building the nation’s 5G network remains a “sore point or thorny issue” between the two countries, the Chinese ambassador said on Monday, as he criticised the government for discriminating against a Chinese company. Cheng Jingye dismissed concerns Huawei may pose a threat Continue Reading

Human rights groups call on Scott Morrison to confront Trump over landmines | Australia news

America’s decision to allow the use of anti-personnel landmines is a dangerous and retrograde step that will endanger thousands of lives, including those of children, and should be publicly condemned by Australia, a coalition of human rights and arms control organisations has told the prime minister. The Australian Arms Control Continue Reading

Australian consumer watchdog to examine anti-competitive behaviour by Google and Facebook | Australia news

The competition watchdog will conduct two new inquiries into possible anti-competitive behaviour by digital platforms such as Facebook and Google, and services allowing online advertisers to target Australian internet users. The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has instructed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to begin the new inquiries as part of Continue Reading

Court says Melbourne dentist can serve Google for user details over bad review | Technology

A Melbourne dentist has been given permission by the federal court to serve Google to attempt to find out the personal details of an anonymous account that left a bad review about his practice. Dr Matthew Kabbabe, a dental surgeon in Northcote, is seeking to sue a user known only Continue Reading

For years, I could hear my dead father’s voice in the telephone weather service. Then it shut down | Society

On the last day of last September, my sister sends a message to my brothers and me: “FYI, Telstra is closing the 1196 weather service at midnight tonight. So if you want to listen, today is your opportunity ☹” For 20 years, a caller could dial 1196, select a region Continue Reading

Web browsing histories are being given to Australian police under data retention powers | World news

Law enforcement agencies are being provided with the web browsing histories of people under investigation using mandatory data retention powers, despite the federal government specifically excluding that practice in the legislation, the commonwealth ombudsman has warned. When the Coalition government passed mandatory data retention laws in 2015, the legislation explicitly Continue Reading

TikTok says video of waterbomber plane crash in Australia fires does not breach its standards | Technology- Tempemail

TikTok will not take action to remove or include a warning on a video on the social media platform of the waterbombing plane crash that killed three US firefighters because it does not violate the company’s community guidelines. Captain Ian McBeth, first officer Paul Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Continue Reading

Far-right ‘hate factory’ still active on Facebook despite pledge to stop it | Australia news

Facebook has failed to stop a coordinated far-right operation profiting from disinformation and anti-Islamic hate almost two months after it was publicly exposed. The Guardian revealed in December that a network of Facebook’s largest far-right pages were part of a coordinated commercial enterprise that for years had been harvesting Islamophobic Continue Reading

Australian government secretly releasing sensitive medical records to police | World news

The Australian government is releasing highly sensitive medical records to police through a secret regime that experts say contains fundamentally flawed privacy protections. The Department of Human Services fields large volumes of requests for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data from state and federal policing agencies Continue Reading