Cities around the world are increasing surveillance of their residents, with the number of cameras that look down on the public growing by leaps and bounds, a survey has found. Sydney is the 15th most surveilled city globally, with 60,000 cameras for 4.85 million people, meaning that there are 12.35 cameras for every 1000 people, the British website Comparitech claims.
The US Government has filed a case against whistleblower Edward Snowden for publishing a book without first submitting it to the CIA and NSA for approval as required by non-disclosure agreements he signed with the two agencies while employed by them.
Data from drivers' licences issued in Victoria will be uploaded to the Federal Government's National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution, following an agreement reached by the Council of Australian Governments.
Retail giant Amazon has been allegedly doing what the European Union fined search behemoth Google for – giving prominence to shopping listings that are more profitable for the company.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technology has expressed its willingness to sell its 5G technology to a Western company and allow the latter to develop it as it wished, while the Chinese firm continued on its own chosen path.
Search giant Google has reached a settlement with France and will pay about €965 million (US$1.07 billion, A$1.55 billion) to settle a fiscal fraud probe that has been going on for the last four years.
An industry lobby group, that represents the interests of Google and Facebook among others, has told the Australian Government that it does not agree with the creation of an industry code of conduct on fake news, one of the recommendations in the final Digital Platforms Inquiry report released by the ACCC on 26 July.
Australian officials have been carrying water for the US, with a team advising India about the reasons for the ban imposed on Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies last year, reports claim.
Australian Government plans for a facial recognition identification and surveillance scheme are “dangerously overbroad, lack safeguards” and could dramatically alter the freedom of ordinary people going about their daily lives, according to the Human Rights Law Centre.
The Federal Government has indicated that it would like to play a much bigger role in managing cyber security incidents in Australia, releasing a discussion paper and inviting views from all and sundry towards drafting a cyber security strategy for 2020.
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