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Privacy Commissioner Probes Health Deptartment Over Poorly Secured Aussie Medical Data

It has recently come to light that the Department of Health may not be so good at securing its data after University of Melbourne academics notified the agency that it’s possible to identify individuals in publicly available Medicare datasets. Now the Privacy Commissioner has launched an investigation into the matter.


Apple Tracks Your iMessage Contacts, May Share Them With Law Enforcement

What you say in your iMessages may be somewhat private and safe from the prying eyes of law enforcement, but the people you have in your contacts list isn’t. In fact, Apple logs your iMessage contacts almost every time you enter a new number to start a message.


This Page Lets You Disable A Lot Of Google's Activity Tracking

Google tracks a lot of your data. If you’re comfortable with that, it can make your life a little easier. If you’re not, it can be a pain to figure out how to turn it off. Fortunately, there’s one settings page where you can disable a lot of it.


Signal, The Encrypted Chat App, Is Now Available On The Desktop

Chrome: Signal, the encrypted chat app built by Open Whisper Systems and approved by the likes of Edward Snowden, is now available as a desktop app through Chrome.


Make Sure You're Recording People With Your Home Security Cameras Legally

It’s never been easier to set up your own home security system. However, if your cameras can record audio, depending on the state or territory you live in, you could run afoul of privacy laws if you don’t have consent from people who visit your home.


TunnelBear Cleans Up Its Interface, Improves Connection Speeds And Adds New Security Features

Windows/Mac: TunnelBear is one of the best VPN services around, but the faux-retro wood aesthetic always put it in the ugly bin. Today, they have updated their apps so they look and work a bit better.


Opera's Free Inbuilt VPN Rolls Out For Everyone Today

Windows/Mac/Linux: A few months ago, Opera launched its own free, built-in VPN, but you could only get it if you manually enabled it in the dev version of the browser. Now, it’s available for everyone in the stable version of Opera.


The Australian Census Deadline Is Today (Which Means Fines Are Not Far Away)

If you haven’t got around to completing the Australian Census yet, you need to do it right now. From September 23, census holdouts will start to receive less-than-friendly visits from the ABS. If you don’t have a sufficient excuse for not submiting the form, you could face penalties of up to $180 per day. If you’ve forgotten your Census login code, are concerned about privacy or have no idea what’s going on, here’s what you need to know.


Disconnect's Privacy Pro Eliminates Tracking On iPhone And Samsung Devices, Is Free For A Week

iOS/Android (Samsung devices): Disconnect has long been one of our favourite tools for protecting your privacy online, and today Disconnect is rolling out a new mobile app called Privacy Pro that blocks trackers across your device.


Windscribe Is A Combination VPN And Browser-Based Privacy Suite

Windows/macOS/Linux/Android/iOS/Chrome/Firefox: The best VPNs encrypt your data and protect all of your communications from prying eyes. The best browser-based privacy tools keep you from being tracked behaviourally based on the sites you visit. Windscribe is a utility and service that does both in one package.


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