Germany Says Smartwatches Spy On Children, Bans Them

From: Reuters

BERLIN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Germany’s telecoms regulator said on Friday it was banning the sale of “smart watches” that can be used by parents to check on their children, saying the devices violated Germany’s strict surveillance laws.

The Federal Network Agency said it had already taken action against several firms that sell the watches online but did not name them.

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Australian Government reveals draft digital identity framework

From: ZDNet

A series of documents outlining the security and usability standards by which Australians’ digital identity information is to be collected, stored, and used has been released by the government.


The Australian government has unveiled the public draft of its Trusted Digital Identity Framework for how citizens’ digital identity information must be managed, which it said would sit alongside its Govpass digital platform.

The 14 draft documents include the Trust Framework Structure and Overview; Trust Framework Accreditation Process; Privacy Assessment; Core Privacy Requirements; Core Protective Security Requirements; Core User Experience Requirements; Core Risk Management Requirements; Core Fraud Control Requirements; Digital Identity Proofing Standard; Digital Authentication Credential Standard; Information Security Documentation Guide; and Risk Management Guide.


Bahrain to host first regulatory tech summit

From: Trade Arabia

The World Arena Group, a leading conference organizer with offices in the UAE, the UK and the US, will host RegTech Mena, the first regulatory technology summit in Bahrain on November 21 and 22.

As an expanding segment of the broader FinTech universe, regulatory technology, or RegTech, intersects regulation with innovation and is set to revolutionize the financial services industry in 2017.

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How Better Social Practices Can Improve Your Cyber Resiliency

Editor’s Note: See, What will you do when the cyber-levee breaks?

From: Via Sattelite



According to Turgal, part of being prepared is establishing a resiliency and recovery plan for the day an attack inevitably occurs, which includes having the right communications channels in place to work alongside the FBI. “When the FBI comes and knocks on your door … you need to have that plan in place,” Turgal said. “The sooner we get there, the sooner we can stop the bleeding.”

“The time to exchange business cards is not during a crisis. You need to plan ahead before that day,” Touhill added.




By Catherine Osborn

For a boot camp on privacy, São Paulo’s symposium was anything but subtle. In May, the fourth annual CryptoRave drew 3,000 people to the Casa do Povo, a modernist downtown museum, for 30 hours of strobe-lit dance parties, craft beer and workshops on topics that ranged from offline health and “holistic security” to protecting personal communications from government and corporate spying. The overall objective: “Celebrate our connections to each other while learning to behave safely online,” organizer Gabi Juns tells OZY.


Russian cybersecurity company admits taking NSA code

From: New York Post


SAN FRANCISCO — Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday acknowledged that its security software had taken source code for a secret American hacking tool from a personal computer in the United States.

The admission came in a statement from the embattled company that described preliminary results from an internal inquiry it launched into media reports that the Russian government used Kaspersky anti-virus software to collect National Security Agency technology.

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Why autonomous vehicles might accelerate the theft of personal information

From: StateScoop

Commentary: As autonomous vehicles start to change the way states and cities think about transportation, agencies must think about the cybersecurity implications of the technology.

By Jim DeLorenzo


Government involvement in this technological and societal shift is growing. The SELF DRIVE Act is steering its way through the U.S. Congress. The bill, which would speed up the production and development of self-driving cars, passed the House in September, and earlier this month the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved it. It now heads to the full Senate for a vote. We may see self-driving cars on our streets very soon.


Maryland opens London trade office with focus on cybersecurity

From: / Baltimore

Maryland is looking to open up more cybersecurity business in the U.K. The new trade office is linked with iCyberCenter at bwtech@UMBC.

The state’s international business push is continuing with a new trade office in the United Kingdom, and cybersecurity is seen as a key to the growth.

The state announced that it is opening a trade office in London for the purpose of creating a new beachhead to engage with international partners. One big goal will be “enhancing Maryland’s global reach in cybersecurity,” Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill said in a statement.


The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

From: New York Times

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When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as “fandation.”


Now, the attacks are increasingly cunning. Security experts noticed in February that the website of Poland’s financial regulator was unintentionally infecting visitors with malware.

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Cyber security and data privacy in Argentina

From: Financier Worldwide

BY Enrique M. Stile, Diego Fernandez and Maria Eugenia Cantenys | Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal

This article will analyse and summarise Argentine regulations regarding cyber security and data privacy and explore internet issues in the context of employment relationships.

Data privacy

The most comprehensive statutory regulation regarding the protection of personal data in Argentina is the Personal Data Protection Law (Data Protection Law), which is regulated by Decree No. 1558/2001 and enforced by the Data Protection Authority (DPA).

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