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Australia Takes Aim at Apple, Microsoft over Child Protection Online

An Australian regulator, after using new powers to make the tech giants share information about their methods, accused Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp not doing enough to stop child exploitation content on their platforms. The e-Safety Commissioner, an office set up to protect internet users, said that after sending legal demands for information to some […]

U.S. Plans to Deploy B-52s to North Australia Amid China Tensions - Source

The United States is planning to deploy up to six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to an air base in northern Australia, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday, amid heightened tensions with China. Dedicated facilities for the bombers will be set up at the Royal Australian Air Force’s remote Tindal base, about 300 km […]

Neoen Australia Battery to Provide Grid Stabilisation Service in World First

Neoen SA has won approval for its big battery in South Australia to provide inertia service to stabilise the grid, a world first for battery energy storage in the push to replace fossil-fueled generators, the French firm said on Wednesday. Neoen’s 150-megawatt Hornsdale Power Reserve uses Tesla Inc’s Megapack battery system and will now use […]

Australian Retail Giants Targeted in Facial Recognition Tech Complaint

A major consumer group has referred three of Australia’s biggest retail chains to the privacy regulator, saying they use “unreasonably intrusive” facial recognition technology on customers and recommending enforcement action. CHOICE, in a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) published on Monday, said use of the technology at JB Hi-Fi Ltd’s […]

Samsung Australia Fined $9.7 Million Over False Water-Resistance Claims

Australia’s competition regulator said on Thursday a court has ordered the local unit of Samsung Electronics to pay a penalty of A$14 million ($9.65 million) over misleading claims about a water-resistance feature in some of its smartphones. Samsung Australia admitted to misleading buyers of some of its ‘Galaxy’ phones about the water-resistance level, the Australian […]

Australian Watchdog Sues Facebook-Owner Meta Over Scam Advertisements

Australia’s competition watchdog filed a lawsuit against Facebook owner Meta Platforms on Friday, alleging the social media giant failed to prevent scammers using its platform to promote fake ads featuring well-known people. The advertisements, which endorsed investment in cryptocurrency or money-making schemes, could have misled Facebook users into believing they were promoted by famous Australians, […]

Australia to 'fight back' Against Hostile States in Cyber - Minister

Australia and Britain will “fight back” against cyber attacks from China, Russia, and Iran, defense minister Peter Dutton said ahead of consultations with Britain in Sydney. Australia’s defense and foreign affairs ministers will meet with Britain’s defense secretary Ben Wallace and foreign secretary Liz Truss on Friday for the annual Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN). […]

New Australian plant could make 100 million vaccines a year

Australia’s government said Tuesday it plans to start making mRNA vaccines at home with a new plant that could produce up to 100 million doses each year. The announcement came as coronavirus cases in Sydney and surrounding areas jumped, driven in part by the omicron variant. The new factory would be built in Victoria state […]

Australia plans laws to make social networks identify trolls

In a step meant to set restrictions on social media platforms, the Australian government is planning to introduce laws that force social media platforms to “unmask” online trolls despite experts saying it will do little to reduce online abuse. Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed plans for legislation that could force social networks to reveal the […]