Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims | Australia news

The federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app, on the grounds it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations. Covidsafe relies on large numbers of the population running the app on their phones when out in the Continue Reading

Former Australian PM Tony Abbott’s passport details and phone number obtained by hacker | Australia news

An Australian hacker obtained Tony Abbott’s passport details and personal phone number using a photo of a plane boarding pass the former prime minister posted on social media. On Wednesday, hacker Alex Hope revealed that he had managed to use a photo Abbott posted on Instagram in March to reveal Continue Reading

How an Australian cybersecurity firm helped decipher Zhenhua Data leak | World news

When a group of international media organisations this week revealed details of a Chinese tech company’s vast database profiling millions of people around the globe, it was in no small part due to a small Australian cybersecurity firm established only last year. The Canberra-based firm, Internet 2.0, was co-founded by Continue Reading

Zhenhua Data leak: personal details of millions around world gathered by China tech company | World news

The personal details of millions of people around the world have been swept up in a database compiled by a Chinese tech company with reported links to the country’s military and intelligence networks, according to a trove of leaked data. About 2.4 million people are included in the database, assembled Continue Reading

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica | Technology- Tempemail

Facebook has been dealt a blow in its fight to fend off Australian legal action surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with the tech giant failing to convince the federal court it does not carry out business in Australia. In March, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) sued Facebook Continue Reading

TikTok video: parents and schools warned after distressing suicide footage circulates in Australia | Media- Tempemail

Parents, schools and social media users are being warned that versions of a video showing an American man killing himself are being widely circulated across platforms in Australia. The federal government’s eSafety office contacted state, territory and federal education departments and authorities on Tuesday to advise them of the video Continue Reading

Morrison warns Facebook and Google he won’t respond well to any threats over news code | Australia news

Scott Morrison has warned big tech companies against employing “coercion” in their arm wrestle with the Australian government over paying for the use of news content. The Australian prime minister warned he does not respond well to threats on Monday, commenting on an escalating campaign against a proposed media industry Continue Reading

Australia’s conspiracy theorists are increasingly energised, but police crackdowns may be counterproductive | Elliott Brennan | US news

Saturday, 5 September was supposed to be the day Australian history was irreconcilably changed. It was to be “Freedom Day”, the day when “real” Aussies took back control of the streets, their airways and their collective destiny. Rather than changing it, the protests amounted to what might constitute a footnote Continue Reading

Regional publishers hit back at Facebook’s ‘inflammatory’ threat to ban news sharing in Australia | Media

Facebook’s threat to ban news sharing in Australia rather than abide by a media bargaining code is an inflammatory overreaction, regional publishers say. Facebook broke its silence on Tuesday and said it would block Australians from sharing news on its platform if the landmark plan to make them and Google Continue Reading