Huawei laptops running Windows appear to have disappeared from the Microsoft Store online, following the decision by the US Commerce Department to put the Chinese firm on a list that forces it to seek permission to buy American products.

A 33-year-old Federal Government IT contractor has been charged over using his office computer systems to mine cryptocurrency, the Australian Federal Police says.

The US Commerce Department has eased some of the restrictions it imposed on Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies last week, allowing the company to maintain and update existing networks and handsets.

The head of the Australian Information Industry Association, Ron Gauci, has sought an assurance from the re-elected Coalition Government that amendments to the encryption law, which was passed in December, will be adopted within its first 100 days of operation.

Google has suspended some of its business with Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies in the wake of the US Government decision to put the Chinese company on a list which means it has to obtain permission in order to buy American components. Among other things, the move means Huawei has been cut off from access to future updates of Google's Android and Google Play Store.

US President Donald Trump is using the Huawei issue to put pressure on China to agree to a trade deal on his terms, well-known telecommunications consultant Paul Budde says, adding that it would be interesting to see if the two countries are able to resolve their trade issues.

The US has placed Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies and 68 of its affiliates on a list that means it will have to obtain government approval in order to buy American-made components.

The United States has officially banned the use of equipment from Chinese telecommunications vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation, with President Donald Trump signing an executive order to this effect, though neither company was mentioned by name.

Three areas of tech which the Labor Party plans to go hard on if it is elected on 18 May are the workforce, the certification of providers to government, and getting big technology firms to pay their fair share of tax.

The Australian Labor Party has ruled out repealing the encryption law that was passed last year if it is elected, but says it will speedily incorporate the 170-odd amendments that were drafted, but not included in the law.

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