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Don't be in the dark on privacy!

This week is Privacy Awareness Week and AMTA is again pleased to support the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner in encouraging consumers, businesses and industry to focus on privacy and the safe management of personal data.

Our biggest tip for mobile users when it comes to privacy is to treat your mobile like your wallet and secure it carefully. Be aware of the privacy settings on your phone and make sure you use them. We all carry a lot of personal information on mobile devices these days and so it is important to take the time to ensure we protect that information.

Also, be aware of the privacy and security settings on mobile apps and choose settings that you are comfortable with. And it often pays to take the time to read privacy notices and terms and conditions before giving over your personal details. And while it is convenient to re-use passwords or to use simple ones, be aware that this is how many privacy breaches occur, so take the time to manage your passwords and set up strong ones

Its also important for parents and caregivers to explain to children and young people how they can protect their personal information online and the eSafety office has some excellent advice and resouces for parents here.

May 2019

 

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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.