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

The “Future of Authentication” at COMPUTEX Taipei, Asia’s Largest and the World’s Second Largest ICT Show

FIDO Alliance visionary Ramesh Kesanupalli will present the “Future of Authentication” on June 4th at COMPUTEX TAIPEI. FIDO Alliance members EgisTec, Nok Nok Labs, and others will follow Mr. Kesanupalli in a panel discussion regarding FIDO authentication. COMPUTEX TAIPEI is among the world’s leading platforms for introducing ICT procurement, new products, and technology applications. Every year top ICT elites, innovators, and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world gather to showcase the most advanced and innovative ICT products, attracting more than 38,000 international visitors.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3098962

How a Chinese Tech Firm Became the NSA’s Surveillance Nightmare

The NSA’s global spy operation may seem unstoppable, but there’s at least one target that has proven to be a formidable obstacle: the Chinese communications technology firm Huawei, whose growth could threaten the agency’s much-publicized digital spying powers.  An unfamiliar name to American consumers, Huawei produces products that are swiftly being installed in the internet backbone in many regions of the world, displacing some of the western-built equipment that the NSA knows — and presumably knows how to exploit — so well.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2014/03/how-huawei-became-nsa-nightmare/

China’s Huawei condemns reported NSA snooping

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chinese telecom and internet company Huawei defended is independence on Sunday and said it would condemn any infiltration of its servers by the U.S. National Security Agency if reports of such activities by the NSA were true. The New York Times and German magazine Der Spiegel reported this weekend, citing documents leaked by former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, that the NSA had obtained sensitive data and monitored Huawei executives’ communications.

http://news.yahoo.com/chinas-huawei-condemns-reported-nsa-snooping-130425683.html

Michelle Obama tells Chinese students internet freedom’s a universal right

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told an audience of college students in the Chinese capital on Saturday that open access to information – especially online – is a universal right. But Obama stopped short of calling on China to offer its citizens greater freedoms on a visit in which she is expected to steer clear of more complicated political issues, but rather try to build goodwill through soft diplomacy.

http://news.yahoo.com/michelle-obama-tells-chinese-students-internet-freedoms-universal-142435605–sector.html