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Under the legislation, tech companies would have to: remove protections on devices; give law enforcement agencies the design specs of their devices; install software on a device when asked; provide access to devices; and help agencies build their own systems.

The draft legislation was introduced by cyber security minister Angus Taylor and is open for submissions until September 10th. The sitting government is aiming to have it introduced by years end but will struggle to do so given its sensitive nature in affectively removing an individuals right to privacy and thus likely being submitted to a committee for review.

Under the legislation companies who do the right thing will be compensated for their time, however for those that don’t, expect a fine of up to a lazy A$10m.

For individuals, failing to unlock your device or decrypt any information requested by the powers that be, you’ll face a A$500k fine or a lazy 5 years in jail for “simple offences” or 10 years for crimes deemed “serious”.

Source: You Could Go To Jail For 10 Years For Refusing To Unlock Your Phone

Cricket Australia has sacked a female employee after she campaigned for abortion reform on social media, telling the woman that concerns she had insulted the Tasmanian government were central to her dismissal.

Due to the closure of the last publicly run abortion clinic in Tasmania Angela Williamson, whom was working as the manager of public policy & government relations for Cricket Australia, was forced to travel to Melbourne for a termination.

The mother of three had criticised the Tasmanian government in a series of tweets beginning in January of 2018 and was told they’d “damaged [her] relationship with the government”.

Cricket Australia has confirmed that the matter is now in the hands of each party’s legal teams and has made a statement saying that whilst they “respect an individual’s right to their opinion” they expect “employees will refrain from making offensive comments that contravene the organisation’s policies.”

Personally, my takeaway from the statement is that Cricket Australia doesn’t believe women should have publicly available local options for pregnancy terminations in the state of Tasmania.

Source: Cricket Australia sacks worker over series of tweets about abortion

After considering our appeal to get We Happy Few reviewed for classification, the Australian Classification Review Board [ACRB] has decided to allow the release of We Happy Few in Australia!

Initially denied classification by the ACRB because of its showcasing of illicit drug use they’ve now seen fit to overturn their decision and grant the game an R18+ rating.

Nice to see sanity has prevailed and congratulations to Compulsion Games for persisting in getting it over the line.

We Happy Few is scheduled for release August 10th.

Source: We Happy Few coming to Australia | Compulsion Games

 

Australia, as an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get fast, free delivery, great entertainment, exclusive early access to deals and more.

Amazon’s Prime service launched in Australia a couple of months ago. For A$59/year you get access to their video service, faster shipping & access to thousands of Kindle books, comics and more.

For a change, Prime is actually cheaper in Aus than in the US, but now that we’re geoblocked to Amazon Australia’s paltry reduced offerings there’s justification for it being less.

Regardless, Prime Day is a 36 hour long shopping spree exclusive to Prime members beginning July 16th. In previous years pricing for Amazon hardware has been heavily reduced along with a myriad of specials across many third party products too.

While no details have been made public around exactly what deals you can expect, you can hedge your bets and sign up for a 30 day free trial of Prime to cover you through Prime Day this year.

…it is believed that the breach also captured name, address, email and date of birth information provided by electors when applying for an express vote at the recent State and Legislative Council elections.

In case you haven’t heard online form creator “Typeform” had an extreme data breach recently where a “partial backup” of their data fell into the wrong hands.

The file contained details from a range of Typeform clients that are now being informed on a daily basis.

Tasmania’s electoral commission (TEC) appears to be another of those clients using five forms on their website collecting a variety of data including sensitive private information when applying for an express vote.

The TEC believe this breach affects approximately 4000 voters and is reviewing it’s data collection methods and use of third party services.

Source: Tasmanian voters caught in data breach – Security – iTnews

The federal opposition wants to create its own NBN service guarantee that would see NBN Co fined every time contractors missed appointments or made installation errors.

Labor’s argument is that right now retail providers of internet and communication services are held accountable by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) whence the NBN reports to no one.

This is true but it’s also a little skewed. Retail providers aren’t fined for missing appointments at the moment. They never have been and more often than not customers grit their teeth and bare it with many not even know the TIO exists.

Referring issues to the TIO is a process that anyone can do and I encourage those hitting road blocks with a telco to do so however it doesn’t result in instant fining either.

While I’m the first in line to pile shit on the Liberal MTM NBN, Labor’s announcement here is a bit of smoke designed to capture disgruntled voters and likely to implemented in a way that isn’t as black and white – if at all.

That’s politics in a nutshell really isn’t it?

Source: Labor wants to fine NBN Co for bad service – Telco/ISP – iTnews

NBN Co is adamant its CEO did not blame online gamers for causing congestion on fixed wireless.

Yeah but you did mate.

Days before Bill Morrow specifically identified gamers as being heavy users of the NBN that in turn are causing congestion and issues for other users on the network.

In a statement to a parliamentary hearing Mr Morrow said “While people are gaming it is a high bandwidth requirement that is a steady streaming process”.

As the NBN PR team are now all too painfully aware, gaming uses little to no bandwidth in comparison to the average Netflix user and have been heavily back peddling since.

Today in a statement from NBN Co the company suggests that Morrow merely used them as an example of a “heavy user” and not the root cause in contrast to his specific remarks.

In the same hearing Morrow is quoted as saying a few more gems stating that, “No-one designs a network to where everybody uses it at the same exact time” and falling back to innovations such as the iPhone as being something no one could predict in the failing network.

Ironically “innovation” was the catch-cry of the currently elected government who’s switch to a multi-technology-mix ensures building a network for today and NOT tomorrow, effectively predicting the endorsement of the CEO’s sentiment.

Source: NBN Co hits back on gamer claims: Bill Morrow ‘didn’t blame’ anyone – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Victoria will be home to the biggest esport event in the country when it hosts the inaugural Melbourne Esports Open in September.

Announced in a press release yesterday the newly formed Melbourne Esports Open is a partnership between the Victorian government TEG Live & ESL.

The new event is expected to cater to 10,000 fans a day when it’s held over the first weekend of September at Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

Games to be played are still to be advised however Melbourne’s Herald Sun has indicated we can expect to see competitions for League of Legends, Overwatch and Fortnite.

Melbourne has always claimed to be the “sporting capital of Australia” so it stands to reason they should put a definitive stamp on esports as well.

For more details on the event check out their new website and stay tuned to their official social media channels.

Source: Melbourne Esports Open

Australians will be blocked from shopping on Amazon’s international websites and restricted to using its smaller local platform as the e-commerce giant responds to the government’s new GST rules on online purchases.

Of course old mate Gerry Harvey had plenty to say on the self imposed  redirection that Amazon announced yesterday.

“They’ve done the dirty on the government. They’ve done the dirty on the public.” cried Mr Harvey, no doubt with his head angled towards the sky and his fist pumping in rage.

Not only will Australians be unable to access the US (or any other) Amazon store should they gain access through other technical methods will be unable to ship their items to Australian addresses.

The end result is access to an awfully poor selection of items in the current store at inflated prices four times or more above the cost of buying it from the US and shipping it here currently.

The new redirection will start July 1st at the same time as the government’s new GST collection rules for overseas vendors begin.

Source: Amazon to block US website for Australian shoppers over GST rules

Beem It quietly launched in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store earlier this […] May.

The app enables sending and receiving money, with an interface reminiscent of a social media app.

Comm Bank, Westpac & NAB (AKA the cry-babies that still wont implement Apple Pay) announced “Beem It” last October, a new platform that would enable users to pay one another with a new, modern user experience.

The app makes use of Australia’s Eftpos and Visa’s debit card networks to allow the funds to be transferred from one party to another.

Noticeably absent is Australia’s newly available New Payments Platform (NPP). A system that all banks in Australia now use and offers near-instantenous transactions. Beem It CEO, Mark Wood has said that NPP may arrive in the future however.

Australians will you Beem It?

Source: ​Big bank-backed Beem It launches Aussie payments app | ZDNet