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Telegram App Targeted by Russia after Bombing in St. Petersburg

Russian authorities are threatening to block the app Telegram after refusing to allow regulators access to encrypted messages in the app. The Russian-founded app came under fire after the Russia‘s FSB security’s investigation into the St. Petersburg attack, pointing that they have “received reliable information about the use of Telegram by the suicide bomber, his accomplices and their mastermind abroad to conceal their criminal plots at all the stages of preparation for the terrorist attack.” Source: BBC

U.S Justice Asks Supreme Court to Take on Microsoft Case

The Justice department filed a petition appealing to the Supreme court to revisit the lower court opinion on the reach of government warrants for private emails. In 2016, a court ruling determined that Microsoft was not required to provide customer data stored on computers on a different country. The Justice department argues that if data can be accessed “domestically with the click of a computer mouse,” it should not matter where information is stored. Microsoft’s legal team responded by saying “The [Justice Department’s] position would put businesses in impossible conflict-of-law situations and hurt the security, jobs, and personal rights of […]

Justice System to Get Helping Hand from AI

During an investigation into a corruption case including Rolls-Royce, The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) teamed up with RAVN to find a faster way to go through massive amounts of data. RAVN, a London startup that builds robots that can sift, sort, and organize data, provided the necessary AI to allow swift data processing with minimal errors. This led to Rolls-Royce admitting to “vast, endemic” bribery and paid a £671 million fine. Source: Wired UK

Phishing Email Pretends to be BitPay

A recent phishing email claiming to be from bitpay.org has been going around, seeking to scam virtual currency owners. The company BitPay, released an announcement through Reddit to warn users after receiving a number of reports from users. The announcement indicates that “This is not a legitimate BitPay email and is a clear phishing attempt. If you receive this email do not open its contents and certainly do not click on any link, button, or attachment.” Users receiving similar emails are encouraged to report these attempts to email providers. Source: Coin Telegraph

Western Tech Firms Complies to Russia to Show Cyber Secrets

Technology companies including CISCO,IBM, and SAP are agreeing to comply to Moscow’s demands to access to security secrets. Russian authorities are requiring access to source codes for firewalls, anti-virus applications, and encrypted software before allowing the products to enter the country. This concerns U.S officials and security experts as these inspections expose potential vulnerabilities in the product’s source code. Many U.S firms are pressured to comply to be able to penetrate the lucrative Russian market. Source: Reuters India

Facebook Introduces Tools Against Online Extremist Content

Social media giant Facebook launches the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) to provide organizations working against hateful material online the educational and financial support they will need. The OCCI will provide training for organizations on how to spot and responds to hate speech online. Financial assistance will also be given to them to help research into counter extremism. Facebook also revealed new plans on tackling extremism and hate speech by creating tools to counter extremist content online. Source: Mirror UK

Google to Stop Scanning Gmail to Create Personalized Ads

In a recent post on Google’s blog, the company’s cloud computing chief Diane Greene outlines the company’s decision to stop scanning Gmail content for targeted ads. The tremendous growth of the company’s G Suite, a product for enterprises, prompted Google to align G Suite’s Gmail and consumer gmail, enabling consumer users to opt out of being shown personalized ads.  Privacy concerns have risen from Google’s practice of analyzing incoming and outgoing emails from its free consumer Gmail users. Source: Reuters

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NPC Privacy Materials Online

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has released new materials to supplement the Data Privacy Act (DPA). The new materials, located in the “Our Services” section of privacy.gov.ph, is divided into three (3) modules, specifically “ I Want to Know More”, “I Want to Comply”, and “I Want to Complain”. First, the “I Want to Know More” module, which is further subdivided into five (5), contains general information about the rights of a data subject, the text of the DPA and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the text of the memorandum circulars and advisories issued by the NPC , and […]

DOJ adopts electronic filing for petitions for review

DOJ adopts electronic filing for petitions for review

Citing the promotion of efficient administration of justice, trends of procedure, and advances in technology, the Department of Justice on 8 March 2017, released a set of rules governing the electronic filing of all petitions for review to the Office of the Secretary and Regional Prosecutors. The rule is also applicable to the comments, other documents filed pursuant to the petition, and other pleadings and motions filed thereafter. Under the rules, only the original copy of the petition for review, comment, pleading, or motion, and its attachments shall be filed. However, the submission shall be accompanied by a compact disc […]

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DICT Releases Circular on Cloud Policy, Adopts “Cloud First” Approach

In a circular dated 18 January 2017, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (‘DICT’) prescribed the policy on the government’s policy use of cloud computing technology. The policy is meant to reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and develop excellent citizen online services. The circular covers all departments, bureaus, offices, and agencies of the national government and GOCCs and LGU. Under the circular, ‘cloud computing’ is defined as a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. It recognises that cloud computing has brought new and more efficient means of managing government […]