Data Privacy

Singapore Creates Council to Assess Use of AI, Data

Singapore Creates Council to Assess Use of AI, Data

Singapore industry watchdog Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said this week that the government will be forming an advisory council that will be responsible for assessing and making recommendations on the ethical and legal use of artificial intelligence.   The council, which will be led by former attorney-general V.K. Rajah and comprised of representatives from private organizations in the AI and big data industry, will be supported by a panel of technical and legal experts.   The IMDA also revealed that the council will be studying feedback from various stakeholders including consumers, ethics boards of private organisations, and the academia. […]

Apple Complies with Russian Government, Restricts Telegram

Apple Complies with Russian Government, Restricts Telegram

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov wrote this week that Apple had been preventing Telegram from updating on iOS, possibly to appease the Russian government after it had blocked the encrypted messaging app in the country. It is said that Apple had been pressured by Russia’s telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, who asked the US phone giant to immediately drop Telegram from its app store. Google was reportedly asked to do the same. Durov said that Apple’s move prevented it from fully complying with the EU’s GDPR, but Russia only comprises 7% of its user base and assured the company will continue to find […]

Top Wealth Fund Supports Activist Proposals at Facebook Meeting

Top Wealth Fund Supports Activist Proposals at Facebook Meeting

Norges Bank Investment Management, considered as the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, had reportedly backed six activist shareholder proposals at Facebook’s annual meeting at Menlo Park last Thursday. Some of the measures backed by Norges Bank included a mandatory report by Facebook on fake news, addressing gender pay gaps, responsible tax principles, the establishment of a board committee on risk management and two measures requiring Facebook to adopt simple majority voting at shareholder meetings. Facebook said that each of the six measures had been voted down. The Norwegian fund owns 1.4% of Facebook’s globally listed shares and held a 0.71% […]

Tencent Drops Investment in Content Startup After Criticisms

Tencent Drops Investment in Content Startup After Criticisms

Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings recently withdrew its investment of 30 million yuan from a content startup named Chaping which had been slammed for plagiarism and copyright issues. Tencent said that Chaping had already agreed to return the investment voluntarily after it was found that the companies did not match values. Chaping said that it will seek to grow independently and learn from its mistakes, as well as take on more responsibility in the field of copyright and protection of original content. Tencent likewise vowed to continue to respect and protect original content by putting enhanced measures in place.   […]

Why Should Cyberspace be Treated Differently from Physical Space?

Why Should Cyberspace be Treated Differently from Physical Space?

The term “cyberspace” was coined by a science fiction writer[1] to describe the boundless electronic system of interlinked networks of computers that provide access to information and interactive communication.[2] Today, cyberspace and the internet refers basically to the same thing.[3]  It is a separate kingdom in which the laws of physical space do not necessarily apply.[4] This is because cyberspace is different from physical space.   For one, no one is “in” cyberspace.[5] The internet is merely a computer protocol, a piece of code that allows users to transmit data between their computers using existing networks.[6] Moreover, the internet is […]

Australia’s Facebook Probe May Take 8 Months

Australia’s Facebook Probe May Take 8 Months

Australia’s acting Information and Privacy Commissioner Rachel Falk informed Senate Estimates this week that it may take her office up to 8 months to complete its investigation into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. Falk said that while a standard probe into a potential breach or alleged misuse of data does take around that long, the complexities surrounding Facebook’s situation may require more time. The acting OAIC head added that if she or the Commissioner were to find that no breach of privacy had happened, then the matter would be closed.However, if the commissioner does find that there had been a […]

Russian Watchdog to Check Facebook, WhatsApp’s Compliance

Russian Watchdog to Check Facebook, WhatsApp’s Compliance

It was reported last Thursday that Russian state telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor will be checking by December whether Facebook and Whatsapp are complying with the country’s laws. Rokomnadzor head Alexander Zharov says that they can move to block Facebook unless it follows laws that require websites and tech companies to store the personal data of Russian citizens on Russian servers. Zharov says that they will make a decision only after the getting the results of the checks. Source: Reuters

University of Greenwich Slapped with £120,000 Data Breach Fine

University of Greenwich Slapped with £120,000 Data Breach Fine

Earlier this week, the UK Information Commissioner handed the University of Greenwich a fine of £120,000 for inadvertently exposing the information of around 20,000 people. The UK watchdog says that under the Data Protection Act 1998 it has found that the university has failed to take reasonable steps to protect the data following a training conference in 2004 where an unsecure  microsite that logged the information of staff and students was used. As a result, hackers were able to access and leak online information including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the university’s  students, staff, and alumni. Furthermore, some of […]

EU to Live Stream Zuckerberg Hearing

EU to Live Stream Zuckerberg Hearing

It was announced in a European Parliament meeting last Monday that the hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcasted via a live web stream. Parliament President Antonio Tajani said in a tweet that it was “great news” that Zuckerberg had agreed to publicly stream the discussion. In response, a Facebook spokesperson said that they were looking forward to doing the live-streamed meeting. Zuckerberg will be meeting with Tajani and European Parliament leaders in Brussels from 6:15 p.m. (12.15 p.m. ET/1615 GMT) on Tuesday. Source: Reuters

A Quarter of APAC Firms Still Uncertain of Security Breach Status

A Quarter of APAC Firms Still Uncertain of Security Breach Status

According to a recent study by Frost & Sullivan, one in four companies in the Asia-Pacific region are not sure if they have had a security breach, while around 27% say they have not conducted any kind of data breach assessment. The study, which was commissioned by Microsoft, involved 1,300 respondents from various markets including Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, India, Japan, and China. It was established that most of organizations in the region considered cybersecurity more as an afterthought, and only 25% of those who had experienced a cyberattack said that they may implement a cybersecurity plan before starting a digital […]

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