The Australian House of Representatives Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety (JSCC) has announced that it has presented the report on its inquiry into cybersafety for senior Australians Cybersafety for Seniors: A Worthwhile Journey (March 2013) to parliament.
Australia-based department store chain Myer has released a social media statement #1 (2 May 2013) including an apology for earlier comments made in criticism of the Australian Government's proposal to fund a new national disability insurance scheme through a 0.5% increase in the Australian general healthcare scheme levy, which is currently collected from 1.5% of taxable income.
South Korean conglomerate SK Group (SK) has announced its decision to convert 5,800 of its contract workers into permanent employees. Reportedly, the announcement follows recent similar large scale contract conversion moves by South Korean groups CJ, Hanwha and Shinsegae, but is the first to be made from among the Republic of Korea's so-called "Big Four Groups" (Hyundai, LG, Samsung and SK).
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has announced that Privacy Awareness Week commenced on 29 April 2013. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim stated that Privacy Awareness Week was particularly significant, considering upcoming changes to the Privacy Act 1988 No. 119 (Cth) (the Privacy Act), and urged "private sector organisations and agencies to consider where they are at with preparations for the new laws". Mr Pilgrim added that "[e]arly preparation is definitely going to be key for compliance with the new requirements".
An increasing number of companies are participating in programs that reward computer experts for exposing security issues in their online assets. Australia-based supermarket chain Coles has reportedly agreed to pay a bounty to individuals who are able to exploit security bugs in its online applications and protocols, while companies such as Rabobank, BigCommerce and Google have already participated in the program.
The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) has announced that Ausgrid was convicted in the NSW Land and Environment Court for a December 2010 incident in which excavation contractors damaged an Australian Aboriginal rock engraving during works approved by Ausgrid.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that the Australian Federal Court has found Excite Mobile Pty Ltd (Excite Mobile) to have engaged in false and misleading and unconscionable conduct in its supply of mobile phone services to a large number of customers across Australia.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced that former self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) adviser Craig Dangar has been sentenced on the charge of lodging a false statement with ASIC. Specifically, ASIC stated that Mr Dangar lodged a document with ASIC in July 2012 in which he falsely claimed to being a director of SMSF Consulting Pty Ltd.
The Hong Kong (HK) Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that it has fined China Everbright Securities (HK) Ltd (CES) HK$1.2 million (approximately €118,000/US$155,000) for "internal control and supervisory failures" and CES responsible officer Chan Kam Hop HK$400,000 (approximately €4,000/US$5,200) for "supervisory and managerial failures".
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that losses of A$35,000 have been reported by consumers since January 2013 regarding "puppy scams". ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard explained that the scams advertise pedigree puppies "at prices that are too good to be true", before demanding advance payment and sometimes even transport costs for a delivery which will never be made.
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