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 Friday, 4-December-2015  13:51:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government is inviting public comment on draft legislation related to data breaches in Australia. The Bill would require Government agencies and businesses subject to the Privacy Act 1988 to notify the national privacy regulator and affected individuals following a serious data breach. The Bill is intended to improve the privacy of Australians without placing an unreasonable regulatory burden on business.

The ACCC meanwhile is concerned about intellectual property provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In a submission (PDF) to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements, the competition watchdog said it was concerned that the agreement “appears to impose IP restrictions beyond existing international treaties, and this may tilt the balance in favour of IP rights holders to the detriment of competition and consumers”.

Microsoft seem to be embracing the Christmas spirit, reaching out to make peace with Apple. It's a holiday ad published Tuesday in which representatives of the Redmond, Washington, tech giant sing about peace and goodwill. They even appear to mean it. To prove just how much they mean it, they're singing outside Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York.

Formula E are looking to run driverless car races, thanks mpot. It was only a few years ago that driverless cars seemed beyond the realms of possibility and now it’s likely that people will be able to watch them race, with Formula E planning to have them compete at up to 186mph. The all-electric racing series is working with investment firm Kinetik to create the world’s first driverless car racing series. Dubbed Roborace, the races will run ahead of each scheduled Formula E event from next season.

The copper-based NBN seems to be getting more and more expensive. The national broadband network builder is expecting to be hit with a massive bill of $641 million to repair sections of the copper network it bought from Telstra, leaked documents show. The figure is as much as ten times what the NBN had expected repairing the copper network - which it acquired from Telstra for $11.2 billion - to cost.

Amazon have another video of their delivery drone concept, this time with their new star, Jeremy Clarkson. Not that I'm a skeptic, but these promo videos do seem to be being released, with associated media buzz, just in time for the Xmas shopping season..

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