Google location data: what does Australian court ruling mean and how can I turn off my tracking history? | Google

If you have ever used Google Maps on your phone without fiddling with the location settings, it goes without saying that the tech giant knows everywhere you’ve been. The really bad news is that even if you have previously tried to stop Google tracking your every movement, the company may Continue Reading

Medical tests promoted in media with no mention of potential harm, Australian study finds | Medical research

Medical tests often offered through smartphones and watches and designed to detect the early signs of disease are being promoted by media without mention of their potential harms, an Australian study published in the leading US medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found. Researchers from the University of Sydney and Continue Reading

‘Two Goliaths’: Apple labels Epic’s Australian challenge to in-app purchases ‘self-serving’ | Apple

Apple has argued that Epic Games’ case against the tech giant’s in-app purchase system is not altruistically trying to secure a better deal for Australian customers and app developers in the app store, but the “self-serving” act of a Goliath trying to fundamentally change Apple’s business model. The popular video Continue Reading

‘A long road’: the Australian city aiming to give self-driving cars the green light | Self-driving cars

As the traffic lights turn from amber to red, Miranda Blogg accelerates towards them. “Here we go,” she says. A dash-mounted screen in her Renault ZOE flashes a warning featuring a traffic light symbol. Blogg continues. “Oh no, I’m not slowing!” The screen erupts with a more aggressive visual display Continue Reading

NSW police to send text alerts to people near where a missing person was last seen | Australian police and policing

New South Wales police will soon be able to send texts to people in the vicinity of where a missing person was last seen. It’s hoped the SMS geo-targeting alert system will help police quickly find high-risk missing persons. A text message would be sent to all mobile devices in Continue Reading

Fortnite creator Epic Games launches Australian legal action against Google | Google

Epic Games has launched new legal action against Google in Australia over alleged anti-competitive behaviour after Fortnite was kicked off the Google Play store last year. It is the second such court action Epic has taken in Australia following similar court action against Apple, launched in November last year. Fortnite Continue Reading

Facebook and Twitter say Australia wants to give regulator too much power in bid to combat online bullying | Australian politics- Tempemail

Facebook and Twitter have raised concern controversial new legislation aimed at curbing bullying and governing online activity will give Australia’s eSafety commissioner too much power over speech online with little oversight. The online safety bill, introduced into parliament last week, is aimed at giving a broad range of powers to Continue Reading

Facebook’s capitulation in Australia is the beginning of the project to regulate Big Tech – not the end | Australian media- Tempemail

Over the past few days Australians have gotten a flavour of what a global tech power will do to avoid regulation. Now we are getting an idea of what a world-class capitulation looks like after Facebook agreed to re-friend Australia after securing what appears to be technical changes to legislation Continue Reading

Facebook reverses Australia news ban after government makes media code amendments | Australian media

Facebook will restore Australian news pages in the next few days after the government agreed to more amendments to the media bargaining code that makes the social network and Google pay for news. On Thursday Facebook blocked all news on its platform in Australia, and inadvertently blocked information and government Continue Reading

Australian government ready to pursue Facebook and Twitter if misinformation code doesn’t work | Australia news- Tempemail

The Australian government has not ruled out taking tougher action against social media giants like Facebook and Twitter if a new industry-developed code fails to limit the spread of misinformation and disinformation on their platforms. The new code of practice, developed by industry organisation Digi and released on Monday, has Continue Reading