Telstra promises to keep customer metadata safe

AustraliaAustralia’s largest telco Telstra has pleged to keep the metadata it is required to store on its customers for two years safe after the data retention scheme passed the Senate last night. The Government and the Labor Party united last night to vote through the Coalition’s data retention bill, despite a last-ditch effort by the Greens and several independents to make changes to the bill.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402150,telstra-promises-to-keep-customer-metadata-safe.aspx

Indonesia’s technology minister needs to step up on censorship and privacy

IndonesiaPart of Indonesia’s future development hinges on how quickly and efficiently the world’s fourth most populous nation is able to embrace digitization and make it work in its favor. The man in charge of shepherding Indonesia’s digital development is Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Rudiantara. He was inaugurated in October 2014 as part of President Joko Widodo’s new cabinet.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesias-technology-minister-working-regulations-ecommerce-smartphones-step-censorship-privacy/

PJCIS pushes for mandatory data breach notification, from AU

AustraliaThe parliamentary committee tasked with investigating the Government’s data retention bill has put its support behind the long-mooted introduction of a mandatory data breach notification scheme. The committee made the recommendation today in its report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. Australia’s Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has long pushed for the introduction of laws that would force companies to notify customers as well as his office if personal information had been compromised in a data breach.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401045,pjcis-pushes-for-mandatory-data-breach-notification.aspx

Superfish security flaw also exists in other apps, non-Lenovo systems

ChinaSecurity researchers warned that an adware program called Superfish, which was preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops, opened computers to attack. However, it seems that the same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs. Superfish uses a man-in-the-middle proxy component to interfere with encrypted HTTPS connections, undermining the trust between users and websites. It does this by installing its own root certificate in Windows and uses that certificate to re-sign SSL certificates presented by legitimate websites.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/superfish-security-flaw-also-exists-other-apps-non-lenovo-systems.1424593662

Are Lenovo Computers Safe For Consumer Users?

ChinaThere have always been worries that the Chinese government could use its power to force homegrown technology companies like ZTE, Huawei, Qihoo 360 and Lenovo to spy on user communications, but now a bombshell has landed that shows Lenovo is forcing adware onto users’ computers on the company’s own volition.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/02/19/21425-are-lenovo-computers-safe-for-consumer-users

Lenovo caught pre-installing adware on laptops

ChinaComputer giant Lenovo has come under fire from users and security pundits after its consumer laptops were found to contain pre-installed adware/malware which could be used to intercept and hijack encrypted Transport Layer Security communications in Microsoft Windows. The ‘Superfish’ adware is a third-party application that was, until last month, installed on all Lenovo consumer laptops.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400712,lenovo-caught-pre-installing-adware-on-laptops.aspx

China demands use of real names in social media accounts

ChinaTo eliminate fake social media accounts that impersonate public figures, the Chinese government has issued new rules that go much further and outlaw anonymity in blogs, social networks, discussion forums and IM services. The move, announced Wednesday, is the latest in a recent string of Chinese government actions that have increased online censorship in the country.

http://mis-asia.com/mgmt/it-governance/china-demands-use-of-real-names-in-social-media-accounts/

China moves to ban anonymous online identities

ChinaChina plans to impose a ban on internet accounts that impersonate people or organisations, and force users to register with their real names online, its internet watchdog said on Wednesday. China has repeatedly made attempts to require internet users to register for online accounts using their real names, although with mixed success.

Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400057,china-moves-to-ban-anonymous-online-identities.aspx#ixzz3QoYtlZAY

Google, Naver, Daum Kakao face probe

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to inspect Google Korea and other leading location-based services (LBS) providers over data and privacy protection. It will look into the Korean offices of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm and BMW to check their latest updates for addressing privacy concerns. The nation’s dominant web portals Naver, Daum Kakao, along with the country’s three carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― Samsung and LG Electronics, SK Energy and Hyundai Motor will all be subject to questioning about their privacy policies, said a senior official at the KCC.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_171990.html

Taiwan says Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung, other smartphone brands don’t breach privacy rules

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s communication regulator on Tuesday said 12 mobile phone brands sold locally, including Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc, do not violate personal data protection laws.  Handsets made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp, Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics Inc and Sony Corp also do not breach the laws, the National Communications Commission said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/taiwan-says-xiaomi-apple-samsung-other-smartphone-brands-dont-breach-privacy-rules/articleshow/45686349.cms

Careful planning and a strong channel partner key to mobility projects

People across Asia Pacific are working in new ways, at varying times and from different locations. They can work from home or semi-permanent locations including project sites, customer event sites or even on-the-go. The era of connectivity and technological speed has improved internal and external collaboration while enhancing employee engagement within and between organizations that transcends geographies.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/careful-planning-and-strong-channel-partner-key-mobility-projects-1574745352

Major Chinese smartphone manufacturer installed backdoor on up to 10 million devices

Coolpad, the world’s sixth largest smartphone manufacturer, installed a back door that allows the company to install applications, send alerts, and monitor communications without user knowledge or approval. According to Palo Alto Networks, which discovered the security flaw, the “CoolReaper” backdoor has been found on 24 Coolpad phone models sold in China, adding up to over 10 million devices.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/major-chinese-smartphone-manufacturer-installed-backdoor-on-up-to-10-million-devices/

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/