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  • France, Spain target Google over data | Business Spectator
    something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu France Spain target Google over data 21 Jun 2013 3 56 AM Technology Security Data Security Internet giant accused of breaching data protection laws You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Spain has launched sanction proceedings against Google for suspected serious breaches of data protection laws acting just hours after France threatened the group with big fines The Spanish Data Protection Agency said it found evidence of five serious privacy law breaches each punishable with fines of up to 300 000 A432 750 The agency said it acted after investigating Google s new policy introduced last year which enables it to track the activity of users across its search engine Gmail the Google social networking platform and other services it owns which include YouTube The changes make it easier for Google to collect and process data that could be used by advertisers to target individuals with offers tailored to their specific interests thereby increasing the company s revenue potential Spain said Google Spain and Google Inc s new policy could allow it to combine personal information collected from different services and use it for other ends Google does not give clear information about the use it will make of users data so they are unable to know precisely why their personal data is being collected or how it will be used the agency said in a statement The 27 member European Union warned Google in October 2012 that its data protection procedures did not comply with an EU directive on the subject

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  • Cyber security the top concern at trade shows | Business Spectator
    Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Cyber security the top concern at trade shows Reuters 20 Jun 2013 11 26 AM Technology Security Data Security Bombardment of cyber threats and recent contractor leaks prompts closer vigilance from aerospace and defence companies You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Increased cyber espionage by China and recent leaks by a contractor working at the National Security Agency have put a sharp focus on cyber security for aerospace and defence companies showing off their wares at this year s Paris Airshow We like others are constantly being bombarded by people who are trying to get into our systems said Mark DeYoung chief executive of US rocket engine and ammunition maker Alliant Techsystems ATK ATK Lockheed Martin Corp Boeing Co and other defence companies report hundreds of thousands of attempted probes into their computer networks every day a matter of growing concern to the US government which after years of silence has become far more open about its belief that China is actively stealing intellectual property Trade shows especially in foreign countries pose particular challenges given the large array of people coming in contact with top executives who have access to sensitive information In recent years training has focused heavily on avoiding any violations of US export control laws but cyber security was a huge focus this year The threat is not exaggerated Dave Hess president of Pratt Whitney a unit of United Technologies Corp said It s a significant issue that we re all struggling with ATK disclosed several months ago that its networks had been attacked but DeYoung said no classified or protected information was lost He said every ATK employee attending this year s air show took part in an extensive security briefing before coming and the company has invested millions of dollars in recent years to stay ahead of constantly changing data security threats Only new encrypted laptops may be used and executives are warned about disclosing sensitive information in any phone call text message email or even conversation whether you think you re in a private room or car or not DeYoung said Two weeks ago half a dozen FBI experts joined by officials from other government agencies gave a two hour briefing on cyber security issues for DeYoung s top dozen executives The sophistication of the people who are

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  • Yahoo! details govt data requests | Business Spectator
    into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Yahoo details govt data requests 19 Jun 2013 2 28 AM Technology Security Data Security Tech Titans Internet giant says it received up to 13 000 requests in six months You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Internet giant Yahoo says in a letter to users that it has received up to 13 000 requests for information from US law enforcement agencies in a six month period ending on May 31 The letter titled Our Commitment to Our Users Privacy was posted on the company s Tumbler page late on Monday and was signed byYahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and the company s top lawyer Ron Bell Yahoo along with Facebook Microsoft and Apple have come under heightened scrutiny since word leaked of a vast covert Internet surveillance program by the US government which it insists targets only foreign terror suspects and has helped thwart attacks Between December 1 2012 and May 31 2013 we received between 12 000 and 13 000 requests inclusive of criminal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA and other requests According to the letter the most common requests concerned fraud homicides kidnappings and other criminal investigations Like all companies Yahoo cannot lawfully break out FISA US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act request numbers at this time because those numbers are classified however we strongly urge the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue Major Internet firms have faced a public backlash since government contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of PRISM a vast program that saw nine high

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  • Merkel to stress transparency at G8 | Business Spectator
    Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Merkel to stress transparency at G8 17 Jun 2013 11 37 PM Politics Technology Security Data Security German leader to push Obama to reveal online surveillance details You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she s surprised by revelations of mass US online surveillance and will call for transparency on its scope in talks with President Barack Obama this week Ms Merkel confirmed in an interview with commercial broadcaster RTL that she would discuss with Obama an issue which has caused deep unease in Germany where memories of the East German Stasi s spying on citizens are still raw I will call for more transparency said Ms Merkel who grew up in the communist East She was speaking ahead of a G8 summit opening in Northern Ireland on Monday and talks with Obama in Berlin on Wednesday She said Germans wanted to know if their online data was being sniffed out by the US National Security Agency NSA We have to be clear what is being used what is not being used she said Ms Merkel said that she was certainly surprised by the reports about the so called PRISM program while noting she recognised that secret services needed to address the threat of terrorism with 21st century surveillance techniques However it must be proportional she said The White House on Friday sought to cool German fears over its secret internet surveillance program saying Obama would tell Ms Merkel it was purely aimed at thwarting terror attacks But Ben Rhodes a US deputy national security adviser pointedly noted that Germany had served as a staging ground for some of the hijackers who plotted the September 11

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  • Apple releases US data requests | Business Spectator
    Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Apple releases US data requests 17 Jun 2013 11 13 PM Technology Security Data Security Tech giant reveals it receives thousands of requests from US authorities You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP United States tech giant Apple has revealed it received thousands data requests from US authorities days after Facebook and Microsoft released similar information Apple Facebook Microsoft and other top internet and technology companies have come under heightened scrutiny since word leaked of a vast covert internet surveillance program US authorities insist targets only foreign terror suspects In a statement on Monday Apple said in the period between December 1 2012 and May 31 2013 US law enforcement had requested customer information up to 5000 times related to between 9000 and 10 000 accounts or devices Most commonly these requests were related to criminal investigations searches for missing children or patients with Alzheimer s disease or hoping to prevent a suicide Apple said But the iPhone maker said it works vigorously to protect the privacy of its users and only provides information by court order Regardless of the circumstances our legal team conducts an evaluation of each request and only if appropriate we retrieve and deliver the narrowest possible set of information to the authorities it said noting that sometimes the requests were denied Apple also specified certain types of communications are protected such as FaceTime and iMessage conversations which are protected by end to end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them Apple cannot decrypt that data the statement said Similarly we do not store data related to customers location Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable

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  • Obama defends surveillance | Business Spectator
    US intelligence infrastructure sustained and extended since the September 11 attacks in 2001 Nobody is listening to your telephone calls Obama said in San Jose California hitting out at what he said was hype over reports that the National Security Agency NSA logs details of millions of domestic calls Obama also defended a program called PRISM in which NSA and FBI agents are tapping into the servers of nine US internet giants including Facebook Google YouTube Apple and others as they try to subvert terror plots abroad This does not apply to US citizens And it does not apply to people living in the United States Obama said Civil liberties and privacy groups have raised alarm at the two programs reported by the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers warning they are Orwellian and could be unconstitutional Obama said he welcomed the debate but warned that the programs had previously been kept under wraps to avoid tipping off the country s enemies and said they made only modest encroachments on privacy I think it s important to recognise that you can t have 100 per cent security and also then have 100 per cent privacy and zero inconvenience We re going to have to make some choices as a society he said He repeatedly argued that congress had been kept fully apprised of the activity and had voted to authorise it Federal and secret intelligence courts were also used to ensure that the authorities were not abused The Washington Post citing a career intelligence officer reported late on Thursday that the NSA had direct access to internet firm servers to track an individual s web presence via audio video photographs and emails The paper said the leak came from a career intelligence officer with firsthand experience of these systems and horror at their capabilities They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type the officer was quoted as saying Internet giants however denied opening their doors for US spy agencies We have never heard of PRISM said Apple spokesman Steve Dowling We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order Facebook s chief security officer Joe Sullivan said the huge social network did not provide any access to government organisations As a damage control operation gathered pace top US spy chief James Clapper warned that data gathered under the program was among the most important and valuable foreign intelligence information we collect The unauthorised disclosure of information about this important and entirely legal program is reprehensible and risks important protections for the security of Americans said Clapper the director of national intelligence Claims of the internet spy operation broke as Washington DC reeled from a Guardian newspaper report on Wednesday detailing an apparent operation by the NSA to capture millions of domestic phone records UK spy agency accessed surveillance data report Britain s electronic eavesdropping agency has reportedly been covertly gathering information from

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  • A false path to cyber security | Business Spectator
    the Assistant Secretary Cyber Security of the Defence Signals Directorate at yesterday s CeBIT conference in Sydney This was despite the room being full of IT workers managers and other members of the public most without security clearances but all with smartphones Some used those smartphones to tweet out the key points of what was by all accounts a fairly pedestrian speech with nothing that wasn t publicly available including references to the DSD s excellent Information Security Manual which thankfully isn t secret and is a good guide to the basics of keeping your IT systems safe A vacuous secrecy obsession An obsession with keeping information secret is a trait of all Australian governments and reaches ludicrous heights such as a Canberra bookshop having a 1920s military manual taken off the shelves last year on national security grounds despite the fact the Australian War Memorial was happily selling the booklet from its gift store State governments are just as secrecy obsessed In the past we ve even seen bus timetables and bushfire locations kept from the public in a perverse quest to protect bureaucrats and politicians from the harsh light of accountability Former US government chief information officer Vivek Kundra this week emphasised just how important open government is citing freely available information as being essential for breaking down government silos allowing entrepreneurs to build new industries and citizens to fight corruption On a grander scale Kundra believes that governments making the Global Positioning System and the Human Genome Project open to the public are two of the biggest advances in modern civilisation In Canberra on the other hand the quest is on not just to keep information out of the hands of the public but to even gather more data on citizens Later in the CeBIT security stream Greens Senator Scott Ludlam described how the Liberal and Labor Parties are steadily widening the powers of security agencies to gather even more data which they struggle to understand let alone secure Underscoring Ludlam s point the following speaker Shadow Attorney General George Brandis justified greater surveillance powers and data retention as essential to the War On Terror and Australia s national security As the ASIO revelations show protecting all of this information is not a trivial task and it s not surprising that we ve seen a conga line of security vendors in recent days all touting how their widget or software package will protect your secrets What happened to risk management Like much of business and life data security is a matter of risk management and a question of attitude as Huawei s John Suffolk said at the CeBIT security session you cannot bolt security onto a product Huawei itself is an interesting study in security paranoia with the current focus on Chinese hackers that overlooks the fact every country engages in cyber espionage including Australia This of course doesn t mean we shouldn t protect our state or business secrets but we have to start taking a

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  • Data breaches leave the Australian public fuming | Business Spectator
    2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Data breaches leave the Australian public fuming Supratim Adhikari 27 May 2013 9 34 AM Technology Security Data Security Identity Management Public concerns about cyber attacks and loss of personal data hit their highest level in five years according to latest poll by IT services provider Unisys You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Public concern about data breaches online privacy and identity fraud is on the rise in Australia with 2013 shaping up to be the year when majority of Australians start taking cyber security seriously According to the latest Unisys Security Index conducted by Newspoll public concerns have hit their highest level in five years with the index for Australia jumping 19 points to 129 out of a possible score of 300 when compared to March 2012 The research also highlights that Australians are particularly concerned about data breaches with more than 60 per cent of Australians surveyed saying they don t trust organisations with their personal data Financial institutions banks credit card companies and telcos are seen as particularly untrustworthy Nearly three quarters of the 1200 respondents said that they were personally concerned about a potential data breach of their information held by financial institutions including banks and credit card companies Two in three said they were concerned about data breaches by telecommunication providers and more than half were concerned about government services and health organisations Percentage of Australians concerned about a data breach by accidental loss theft or deliberate hacking at the following types of organisations Percentage of Australians concerned about a data breach by accidental loss theft or deliberate hacking at the following types of organisations Financial services such as credit card companies banks 74 Telecommunication providers and Internet Service Providers 67 Government services such as social welfare tax office or immigration 59 Health organisations hospitals and doctors 56 Airlines and hotels including frequent flyer programs 50 The emphasis on data breaches should be a wake up call for organisations and further bolster the federal government s resolve as it finalises its mandatory data breach

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