Mandatory Data Breach Notifications Are Coming: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

This Thursday is the day!

Australian Government agencies – and other organisations with obligations to secure personal information under the Privacy Act 1988 have to let you know if there’s been a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released a bunch of new resources for the Australian public ahead of the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme. It tells you what to expect when you receive a data breach notification – including how organisations might deliver notifications and when a privacy complaint can be made to the OAIC.

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Facebook Turned Its Two-Factor Security ‘Feature’ Into The Worst Kind Of Spam

Facebook reportedly lost 2.8 million users under 25 last year. Those losses have prompted Facebook to get more aggressive in its efforts to win users back – and the company has started using security prompts to encourage users to log into their accounts.

Sometimes, Facebook will send emails to users warning them that they’re having problems logging into their accounts, Bloomberg reported last month. “Just click the button below and we’ll log you in. If you weren’t trying to log in, let us know,” the emails reportedly read. Other times, Facebook will ask for a user’s phone number to set up two-factor authentication – then spam the number with notification texts.

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Libraries Are Getting Rid of Millions of Unread Books

A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favor of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled.

Libraries are putting books in storage, contracting with resellers or simply recycling them. An increasing number of books exist in the cloud, and libraries are banding together to ensure print copies are retained by someone, somewhere.

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Have you been getting unexpected overseas calls? Here’s why…

Have you been getting lots of missed calls from an overseas number at weird hours?

“This is basically a mobile premium scam and what happens is somebody calls you, lets the phone ring once and they do it multiple times and what they want you to do is call them back,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Delia Rickard told Hack.

Tips For Taking The Best Photos On Your Phone


You don’t need a dedicated camera to take beautiful photos in 2018. Phone cameras are increasingly powerful, and with a little time and effort, you’ll be able to take full advantage of them. Here are some tips and tricks from Hubspot to get you started.

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Top 10 Kids GPS Tracking Smartwatches 2018

As my children get older and their need for freedom is growing I have been on the look out for a cool GPS Tracking device to appease my mind and calm my nerves, mostly for when we travel but also to allow them to call for help in an emergency.

Since new smartwatch technology seems to emerge on an almost constant basis, we’ve found a great site that has put together a list of some of the most modern GPS tracking tech on the market. Each of these options comes with a range of great software and features that make it well-worth considering for 2018.

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Shareholders urge Apple to address child smartphone addiction concerns

Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters

Among their proposals to Apple: establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple’s “vast information resources” to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health.

The letter cited various studies on the negative effects of smartphones and social media on children’s mental and physical health.

Examples include distractions by digital technologies in the classroom, a decreased ability of students to focus on educational tasks, and higher risks of suicide and depression.

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The nine best apps for your new iPhone

No matter what model, you’re going to need some cool apps to download onto your iphone. Fortunately, The Verge have already done the hard work for you and put together the best apps to get started with.

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