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Bionic eyes set to switch from fantasy to blinking reality

Samsung are attempting to patent a contact lens with a built in camera.

Patent application reveals electronics giant Samsung is developing a contact lens with a tiny built-in camera.

Technology News | Marc Moncrief | Mon Apr 11 11:58:39 EST 2016

FEBRUARY 11

Medicare works fine, so don't mess it up

Letters dinkus

What are the Prime Minister and Health Minister on about ("Medicare shakeup leaves PM exposed", February 10)? Statements such as this from Susan Ley, "everyday Australians use cards to make 'tap and...

SMH Letters | Wed Feb 10 21:00:00 EST 2016

Encryption

Australians join international protest against government 'backdoors' in encryption

Privacy advocates say building in access to our devices for the

'The internet belongs to the world's people, not its governments', protest group says.

Consumer Security,Technology News | Andrea Peterson | Tue Jan 12 07:17:54 EST 2016

Delayed Australian data breach notification bill lands

Companies at present aren't legally required to disclose breaches, but they can do so voluntarily.

Australians will be informed of certain breaches of their personal information under new laws being proposed by the Turnbull government, but only if the company or organisation breached turns over $3...

Consumer Security | Ben Grubb | Fri Dec 04 10:55:18 EST 2015

Delayed Australian data breach notification bill lands

Companies at present aren't legally required to disclose breaches, but they can do so voluntarily.

Australians will be informed of certain breaches of their personal information under new laws being proposed by the Turnbull government, but only if the company or organisation breached turns over $3...

Security IT,Consumer Security | Ben Grubb | Fri Dec 04 10:55:18 EST 2015

NSW motorists won't be fined if their phones aren't charged under digital licence plan

A flat phone battery might lead to a fine.

Drivers will not be slapped with fines if their smartphone has no charge when their identity is being checked under a NSW government plan to digitise licences.

Technology News | Keegan Thomson | Thu Nov 26 16:16:33 EST 2015

Drug taking IT workers threaten Australian public service, says corruption watchdog

Keys to the kingdom: Drug taking staff in IT are a threat, watchdog says.

Watchdog targets bureaucrats with 'super access' and drug problems.

Public Service | Phillip Thomson | Tue Nov 10 11:58:26 EST 2015

NIB CEO Mark Fitzgibbon says smokers should pay higher health insurance premiums

The Turnbull government is surveying Australians about private health insurance.

Smokers should be charged higher fees for health insurance under a trial that could pave the way for overweight people facing the same fate, the CEO of one of Australia's largest insurers says.

Political News | Julia Medew, Jane Lee and Marc Moncrief | Mon Nov 09 17:31:28 EST 2015

'Significant privacy concerns' over myHealth Record system

Privacy concerns have been raised over the government's e-health bill.

New laws to give doctors and pharmacists instant access to medical records may pose a risk to human rights, a committee has warned.

Health,NSW | Harriet Alexander | Thu Oct 15 18:07:53 EST 2015

Sydney restaurants using big data to build picture of who you are and what you eat

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01:  Monique Atlas (with tablet) at Mejico Restaurant which enhances the dining experience via detailed customer profiling on October 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Michele Mossop/Fairfax Media)

In recent days at his beachside eatery the Duck Republic, owner Geoff Bramann has dazzled customers with his hospitality skills to the point where he is being called a magician.

Retail,NSW | Esther Han | Fri Oct 02 15:03:39 EST 2015

Your Facebook friends could make or break that loan application

Facebook in the US has been granted a patent that could allow lenders to use credit scores from an applicant's friends to determine whether to approve a loan.

Want a loan? Better start culling your loser Facebook friends.

Consumer Security | Marc Moncrief | Thu Aug 06 15:49:56 EST 2015

Privacy worry: ACT police using red-light cameras to track criminals

ACT police are regularly requesting access to red light and speed camera footage for purposes other than monitoring traffic infringements.

ACT News | Scott Hannaford | Fri Jul 24 23:30:00 EST 2015

How traffic cameras are monitoring more than just your driving

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Plans to put more cameras on our streets have some privacy advocates worried about how far they will soon reach.

ACT News | Scott Hannaford | Thu Jul 23 18:47:30 EST 2015

Furore over fees for free credit reports

Credit reporting agencies may have found a way of earning easy money by charging people for reports that should be free, consumer groups say.

Credit reporting agency could be forced to refund consumers for reports they should have got for free.

Borrowing | John Collett | Fri Jul 17 14:00:00 EST 2015

Civil libertarians raise concerns over family violence offender register

Civil libertarians say a Victoria Police proposal for a register of domestic violence offenders, that could be accessed by the public, could be open to abuse.

Victoria | Bianca Hall | Wed Jul 01 13:15:34 EST 2015

New smart label, or chipless RFID tag, set to kill off the barcode

A new generation of chipless RFID tags developed by Monash University researchers could transform retailing.

 Imagine filling up your trolley with groceries and simply rolling out the door. Monash researchers have created a superior RFID tag, potentially turning this dream into a reality.

NSW,Retail,National | Esther Han | Fri May 01 12:39:20 EST 2015

Trust spies and police on metadata retention to fight terrorism and crime, Attorney-General George Brandis pleads

George Brandis says data retention will come into force in Australia.

Attorney-General George Brandis dismisses evidence disputing usefulness of mandatory metadata retention, saying he trusts spies and police.

Consumer Security | Ben Grubb | Sat Feb 21 14:26:28 EST 2015

Department of Human Services cuts back on private investigators in welfare fraud cases

surveillance

Welfare cheats are less likely to have someone photographing them from a car.

Public Service,Political News | Phillip Thomson | Sun Jan 18 23:45:00 EST 2015

Department of Human Services cuts back on private investigators in welfare fraud cases

surveillance

Welfare cheats are less likely to have someone photographing them from a car.

Public Service,Political News | Phillip Thomson | Sun Jan 18 23:45:00 EST 2015

Australians may forgo online mental health help under new metadata laws

Metadata

Innovative Australian online mental health providers could be deserted by clients under the government's controversial new metadata laws.

ACT News | Ben Westcott | Sat Dec 27 23:00:00 EST 2014

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