Australia

Apple Announces New Initiatives to Celebrate 40 Years in Australia

To celebrate its 40 years in Australia, Apple has announced some new initiatives to help advance renewable energy use, increase coding pathways, and support indigenous communities. With the purchase of clean energy from a new wind farm in Queensland, Apple will help address the energy customers use to power and enjoy their Apple products. The...

Google Threatens to Pull Search Engine From Australia Over Upcoming Law

Faced with new legislation in Australia that would force it to pay for news stories it now scrapes for free, Google says it could pull its search engine from the country. Australia's proposed media bargaining code has enraged Google since it was first proposed, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Now the search and advertising behemoth is threatening...

Australia Regulator Sues Samsung Over ‘Misleading’ Water Resistance Ads for Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung is facing trouble in Australia, where the country's consumer watchdog is suing the Korean giant for allegedly misleading people over just how water-resistant its phones are. [caption id="attachment_297716" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Samsung Galaxy S7 | Image: Samsung[/caption] The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) claims that Samsung "made false, misleading, and deceptive representations" regarding the...

Apple Publicly Opposes Australia’s Newly-Passed Anti-Encryption Legislation

Several tech companies are publicly opposing Australia's newly-passed anti-encryption legislation. According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among other tech companies, have denounced the Australian government's decision to pass a new anti-encryption law that many, including the aforementioned companies, claim undermines cybersecurity and human rights. The legislation, called The Assistance and Access Bill 2018, can reportedly compel...

Apple Sends Executives to Lobby Against Australia’s Proposed Encryption Laws

Apple has sent its top privacy executives to Australia twice in the past month to lobby government officials over proposed new laws that would require companies to provide access to encrypted messages. According to a new story from the Sydney Morning Herald, Apple met with Australian Attorney-General George Brandis and members of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government on Tuesday to...

Australian Law Would Force Tech Giants to Decrypt Messages

The Australian government has proposed a new legislation Friday which could give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted messages sent by suspected terrorists and criminals, reads a report from ABC News. In a press conference on Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the law would impose an obligation on technology companies to be able to provide...

Apple Sued by Australian Regulator Over ‘Error 53’ iPhone Shutdowns

An Australian consumer watchdog has started legal proceedings against Apple over claims that the company refused to service "Error 53" affected devices which have been previously touched by a third party repairer. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleges Apple violated Australia’s consumer law by shutting down or “bricking” the devices, and then telling customers...

Australian Bank Cartel Loses Fight vs Apple in Mobile Wallet Brawl

The Australian competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has denied authorisation for the banks to collectively negotiate with Apple over access to the iPhone’s NFC controller and to boycott Apple Pay (via AFR). Australia’s four major banks, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, had...

Australian Banks Call Apple Pay Non-NFC Alternatives ‘Unrealistic’

Relying on Android or alternatives to NFC for successful mobile payment services in a country with one of the world’s largest iPhone market shares and high contactless card use is “unrealistic”, the group of Australian banks seeking access to the iPhone’s NFC functionality say in their latest submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission...