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.

Australia’s competition regulator the ACCC has raised concerns over customer loyalty schemes including poor disclosure about how consumer data is used and shared, and the selling of insights from the data to other parties without consumer knowledge.

The American campaign against Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies will be stepped up a gear this month when former Breitbart editor Steve Bannon releases Claws of the Red Dragon, a film that takes aim at the Shenzhen-based firm.

New Zealand telecommunications company Spark has not yet finalised what steps it would take to mitigate the concerns voiced by the country's intelligence agency GCSB over the use of gear from Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies in its 5G network.

With the number of network connections and connected devices across Australia increasing at an unprecedented rate, the telecommunications regulator ACMA has released its corporate and research program reviewing the appropriate regulatory framework for content delivered over all platforms in the traditional broadcast media and digital platforms.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has established a Button Battery Taskforce to investigate ways to reduce the risk to the community - particularly children - of button batteries.

The head of Australia’s competition regulatory authority, Rod Sims, says disruption and dislocation in media markets - and a regulatory imbalance between traditional media and digital platforms - should concern all Australians.

Facebook, Amazon, Google are the companies most at risk from regulatory crackdown in the advertising sector, according to the latest Thematic Scorecard for the sector from analyst firm GlobalData.

The Australian Government is hosting two technology industry roundtables over the next week to boost collaboration and tackle the global challenges and opportunities it says are facing the sector.

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