Google has finally confirmed that it has killed plans for setting up a censored search engine in China soon after US President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration would be looking into claims by businessman Peter Thiel about Google's ties to China.

The Department of Home Affairs wants IP addresses, MAC addresses and port numbers to be added to the list of data retained by providers under the existing data retention regime, according to a submission made to a review of the law.

Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has warned that facial recognition, of the sort used by China to violate the rights of its Uighur Muslim minority, is already being used in Australia.

The British Government has taken a much more intelligent approach to the 5G security issue and has conducted an open and transparent process around it, the local arm of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies says, adding that it had fully co-operated with the process.

The British Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee says it has found no evidence to suggest that the complete exclusion of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies from the UK telecommunications networks would constitute "a proportionate response to the potential security threat posed by foreign suppliers".

The Philippines has snubbed its long-time ally, the US, and opted to use a 5G network build from a Chinese state-owned company, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

New Zealand online holiday rental booking platform Bachcare has been charged with misleading consumers allegedly by manipulating online reviews.

The Democrat majority on the US House Financial Services Committee is proposing a bill that that would prevent big technology firms from operating as financial units or issuing digital currencies, a move that seems to be aimed at Facebook after the social media behemoth announced last month that it would be launching its own cryptocurrency in 2020.

Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies is reportedly planning to lay off a large number of staff from its operations in the US due to its being placed on Washington;'s Entity List which prevents it from using American components unless specific permission is granted.

Despite US threats of an inquiry into its actions, France has passed a law to impose a 3% digital services tax on multinational technology companies like Google and Facebook.

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