5 things to know in Australia today

Hello, it’s Tuesday and here are five things that are making headlines in tech this morning. Oh, just a warning. BONUS ITEM today is NSFW, so be careful at the end.

1. TikTok says it wasn’t hacked

A hacking group claims to have exposed TikTok’s source code and user data, but the app everyone loves to hate denies it happened. He told BleepingComputer that data posted on a hacking forum was “completely unrelated” to the company. The hacking group known as AgainstTheWest claims to have 2.05 billion records in a huge 790 GB database containing user data, platform statistics, software code, cookies, tokens authentication and server information, among other important data.

2. Nirvana wins her lawsuit against “Nevermind baby”

The “baby Nirvana” saw its complaint against the group dismissed by an American judge. A California federal court dismissed the lawsuit alleging Nirvana’s 1991 “Nevermind” album cover constituted child exploitation. Spencer Elden, 31, who appeared nude on the album cover as a baby, has sued the band for “commercial sexual exploitation of children”.

3. Aussie Broadband cops $213,000 offense

Aussie Broadband is the latest Australian telecoms operator to be fined for ‘widespread’ breaches of Emergency Alert Service rules that every operator in the country must follow. An ACMA investigation found that Aussie failed to provide customer information to the Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) on more than 30,000 occasions between November 2021 and May 2022. The operator of telecommunications paid an offense notice of $213,120.

4. Ban phones in NSW schools

The opposition in New South Wales has unveiled a policy that would restrict the use of mobile phones in public high school classrooms. The argument is that it would help reduce distractions, combat cyberbullying, and help students “catch up academically.” Currently, children through 6th grade are not allowed to have their phones on them, and other states have also implemented a similar restriction for high school students.

5. Meta fined $590 for Instagram privacy settings for teens

Meta has been fined €405 million (~$592 million) by the Irish Data Protection Commission for breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The fine relates to Instagram’s violation of children’s privacy, including its publication of children’s email addresses and phone numbers. This is the third fine imposed on Meta by the Irish regulator for breaching the GDPR. It is also the most important, with “at least six” other investigations in progress.

BONUS ITEM: Maybe don’t do that. Already.

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