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Banks prepare to issue myGov compatible digital identities – 22 October 2019

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has confirmed that the first version for a new federated identity credential known as “TrustID” has been completed. Used in conjunction with online card payments as well as other online transactions, the use of digital identity has the potential to seriously reduce payments fraud worth more than $470 million a year.

Is Australia’s new whistleblower protection regime whistling against the wind? – 16 October 2019

With only 11 weeks to go until Whistle blowing policies must be implemented, ASIC has issued a Draft Regulatory Guide to assist organisations, however  the  guide may risk the hindering the objectives of the Whistleblower Protections Act,  because some provisions appear to extend an organisation’s obligations beyond what is required and seek to impose a detailed and complex policy.

Make-up techniques a potential weapon against unwanted facial recognition surveillance – 15 October 2019

Australian Government is currently reviewing a bill, that if successful, would allow the Department of Home Affairs to draw biometrics from driver’s licence photos and share it across Commonwealth, state and territory agencies for identity matching. In the meantime, scientists in Europe are working to overcome so-called “obfuscation” and “impersonation” techniques (such as make up to make a person look old) that allow people to fly under the radar from unwanted surveillance.

DV survivors face digital stalking, harassment, identity crime – 14 October 2019

Domestic abuse perpetrators intimidate, threaten, stalk, and monitor their victims by sending abusive texts, hiding GPS devices in toys and use fake Facebook and Instagram accounts. Article explains that these types of  Technology-facilitated coercive control (TFCC) techniques require the use of innovative cybersecurity responses.

ANU says blaming China for massive data breach is speculative and ‘harmful’ – 2 October 2019

A forensic investigation into the high-profile cyber-attack on the Australian National University has found it was an ‘extremely sophisticated’. China has been reported as the prime suspect in the attack, with intelligence officials fearing the data stolen could be used to compromise university alumni pursuing careers with the Australian government.

Vic forensics institute taps Monash Uni for ML ballistics – 27 September 2019

Researchers at Monash University are looking to a range of digital technologies including augmented reality and machine learning to improve forensic ballistic analysis. Using machine learning techniques and CT scans, the researchers plan to create a 3D model of the human anatomy, including entry and exit wounds, to produce accurate trajectory models .