China reminds Apple on need to support privacy, security in its products

Apple can have access to China, as long as it protects users’ privacy, a top Chinese official told the company’s CEO last week. The head of the country’s Cyberspace Administration, Lu Wei, met with Apple’s Tim Cook on Saturday as part of a visit to the company, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said in a Monday report.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/china-reminds-apple-on-need-to-support-privacy-security-in-its-products/

Free wifi service in Vietnam unsafe, experts warn

The warning was given after Bkav Security conducted a survey from August to November 2014 in large cities where wifi is provided for free, such as Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hoi An and Ha Long. The experts pointed out that there could be three forms of attacks, including Man in the Middle (cyber attacks where a malicious actor goes between two parties & gains access to private information), Phishing (when internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick users into giving out their personal information) and SSID Spoofing (criminals use spoofed service set identifiers (SSIDs) to lure wireless users).

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/118211/free-wifi-service-in-vietnam-unsafe–experts-warn.html

KakaoTalk introduces end-to-end encryption for chats following outcry over privacy concerns

Yet another high-profile message app has upped the ante on protecting its user data. KakaoTalk, the flagship app from Korea’s newly-formed Daum Kakao, announced today the introduction of “Secret Chat,” a special type of chatroom that implements end-to-end encryption for for all communications. The company states that decryption keys for messages in Secret Chat are stored on the users’ actual devices, which prevents outside parties from obtaining the contents of the chatroom.

https://www.techinasia.com/kakaotalk-introduces-endtoend-encryption-chats-outcry-privacy-concerns/

Cloud, privacy, big data and smart cities top HDS predictions, in APAC

Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015, while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca. Speaking at the vendor’s Innovation Forum 2014 in Singapore, De Luca outlined the company’s predictions for 2015.

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560305/cloud-privacy-big-data-smart-cities-top-hds-predictions/

Exclusive: Malaysia to pilot new mobile device policy

The Malaysian government is drafting a new policy to better protect information being accessed by officials through their mobile devices, the Government Chief Information Officer has told FutureGov. “The new policy will be about protecting information, regardless of what channel or endpoint device is accessing the information,” said Dr. Suhazimah Dzazali. It will tier access to information, acknowledging that access from both government and personal devices are likely.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5728-exclusive-malaysia-to-pilot-new-mobile-device-policy

Inside the early days of Singapore’s first privacy regime

Four months after Singapore’s first privacy protection laws came into effect, the chief counsel to the nation’s Personal Data Protection Commission concedes there is “still a fair amount of work to do” to get the business community up to date with the demands of the new regime. Speaking in Sydney to the ANZ branch of the international association of privacy professionals (iappANZ), David Alfred said a recent survey of ‘privacy readiness’ amongst Singapore business showed that 65 percent of organisations were prepared for the new laws, key elements of which came into effect in 2 July 2014.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397936,inside-the-early-days-of-singapores-first-privacy-regime.aspx

China’s Xiaomi to set up India customer data centre to deflect privacy concerns

MUMBAI – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data centre in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said last week saying it was migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/science-and-tech/chinas-xiaomi-set-india-customer-data-centre-deflect-privacy-concerns

Apple CEO says had "very open" privacy talks in China: Xinhua

BEIJING: Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had “very open” talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple’s iCloud service in China.  Cook’s remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/24/Apple-CEO-says-had-very-open-privacy-talks-in-China-Xinhua/

NSW to add offshore data rules into privacy legislation

The office of NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard has confirmed the government’s intentions to update the state’s privacy legislation to make it clear where agencies and healthcare providers stand when it comes to storing data offshore, particularly as part of cloud computing arrangements. The NSW Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Coombs, finalised her draft code of practice for offshore data hosting and handed it to the Attorney-General in May this year, after a number of aborted attempts by her predecessors.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396906,nsw-to-add-offshore-data-rules-into-privacy-legislation.aspx

Daum Kakao snooped on citizens, pledges to stop after users protest

For better or for worse, Korea is one of the world’s most connected nations, with about 85 percent of their population on the internet as of last year . Local KakaoTalk users – who make up three-quarters of the almost 50 million monthly active users  – recently found out the downside when the government announced a crackdown on online defamation. This was in light of the discovery of what President Park Geun-hye termed as rumors spreading on the chat app that “divided the society”, according to StarTribune .

https://www.techinasia.com/daum-kakao-snooped-stopped-after-protest/

South Korea tries to ease cyber surveillance fears

[Seoul] South Korea is trying to ease worries about online privacy after a domestic chat app lost customers to a foreign rival because of fears prosecutors in one the world’s most wired countries might get access to online conversations. Prosecutors last month launched a cyber investigation team after President Park Geun-hye spoke out against online rumours that she said “crossed the line” and were deepening divisions in society.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/south-korea-tries-to-ease-cyber-surveillance-fears

South Korea’s Kakao Talk vows to prioritize privacy over prosecutors

SEOUL–The operator of South Korea’s dominant instant-messaging service Kakao Talk has vowed to put privacy before the law and deny investigating state prosecutors access to the messages of its users. The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office and various government agencies, including the National Police Agency, last month announced “proactive” measures to prevent the spread of false and malicious online postings.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/15/419459/South-Koreas.htm

Japan court orders Google to delete data

TOKYO: A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking a claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users. The Tokyo District Court this week placed a provisional order that Google delete about half of 237 entries that appear after the plaintiff’s name is entered, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper and other local media reported.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/japan-court-orders-google/1407960.html

Up to 750,000 Japan Airlines customers’ details leaked

Japan Airlines (JAL) has confirmed that the personal information of up to 750,000 JAL miles club members were leaked following unauthorised access of the airline’s database by an external server this week. The attack affected the data of between 110,000 and 750,000 members of JAL’s miles club, which grants passengers points for flying with the airlines and gives them discounts on future flights. However, the airline has not yet confirmed if the customers’ passwords or credit card details were also leaked, reported AAP.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/up-to-750000-japan-airlines-customers-details-leaked/

Telstra expands into digital signatures service

Telstra has expanded its investment spree into the digital signatures space, sinking an undisclosed sum into San Francisco-based transaction management firm DocuSign. DocuSign specialises in encrypted document exchange technologies and digital signature document authentication, and boasts 40 million users globally.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/392380,telstra-expands-into-digital-signatures-service.aspx

Why Australia needs stronger protections for privacy

The Australian Law Reform Commission yesterday recommended introducing new laws that would give a legal remedy for serious invasions of privacy. Unfortunately, the federal government has already indicated it opposes such legislation. Stronger protections of privacy in Australia are needed though, and the proposed privacy tort is the best way forward.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391791,why-australia-needs-stronger-protections-for-privacy.aspx

NSW Government builds identity management hub – AU

The NSW Government is rolling out an identity management solution that aims to provide all NSW public servants single sign-on to apps consumed from within its two new data centres. The ‘identity hub’ will manage all NSW Government user identifications, whether used to access government systems or cloud supplier services housed within the NSW Government’s Silverwater and Unanderra data centres.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391184,nsw-government-builds-identity-management-hub.aspx

So sorry, Xiaomi says of taking personal information without permission

BEIJING, Aug 11 — Xiaomi Inc says it has upgraded its operating system to ensure users know it is collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission. The privately held company said it had fixed a loophole in its cloud messaging system that had triggered the unauthorised data transfer, and that the operating system upgrade had been rolled out yesterday.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/so-sorry-xiaomi-says-of-taking-personal-information-without-permission

Illegal spyware tracks smartphone users

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication s has recently caught a private IT company spying on 14,140 mobile phone subscribers using the Ptracker software. Initial police investigations showed that the Viet Hong Company’s malicious software used on digital devices to collect personal information was being used by wives and husbands to keep track of their partners. A lawyer, an IT expert, a psychologist and members of the public talked about the issue.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107573/illegal-spyware-tracks-smartphone-users.html

Victorian govt mobile apps lack privacy policy

The Victorian Privacy Commissioner has raised concerns about the state government’s approach to privacy after a sweep of government-developed mobile applications found little offered a privacy policy to users. The Victorian Privacy Office participated in the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (‘GPEN’) Privacy Sweep of mobile applications in May this year, a movement designed to examine issues such as privacy protections raised by the use of mobile apps.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389140,victorian-govt-mobile-apps-lack-privacy-policy.aspx