Thursday, 30 November 2017


British Consumers Launch Unprecedented Legal Action against Google over Mass Data Collection

Google You Owe Us, has today, 30th November 2017, launched a legal action against tech giant Google. The group, led by veteran consumer champion and former Executive Director of Which?, Richard Lloyd, aims to secure compensation for the millions of people across Britain who are believed to have had their personal information unlawfully collected by Google. The campaign is encouraging consumers to spread the word, in order to hold Google to account.

This is the first representative action of its kind in the UK against a major tech company that is centred on the alleged mass misuse of personal data.

Between June 2011 and February 2012, it is alleged that Google unlawfully harvested the personal information of millions of people in the UK by bypassing the default privacy settings on the Apple iPhone. Google's algorithms allowed them to trick people's iPhones into releasing personal data from the phone's default browser, Safari. This has become known as the 'Safari Workaround'.

Richard Lloyd said: "I believe that what Google did was quite simply against the law. Their actions have affected millions, and we'll be asking the courts to remedy this major breach of trust.

Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we're not afraid to fight back if our laws are broken.

In all my years speaking up for consumers, I've rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own. That's why I've taken on one of the biggest fights of my life in representing this legal action, which is the first case of its kind in the UK against a major tech company for misusing our valuable personal data".



Kiwibank Launches QuickPay

Kiwibank business customers will now be able to "get paid anywhere, anytime" thanks to the bank's new mobile payment solution, Kiwibank QuickPay.

Launched this week, Kiwibank QuickPay is a mobile payment app and device combo that will enable businesses to take "on the spot" Visa, Mastercard and EFTPOS card payments by either tapping, inserting or swiping the customer's card.

Nigel Gaudin, General Manager Business Banking and Specialist Markets said about this one-stop-shop mobile payments solution. "Kiwibank QuickPay is what our small business customers need in this rapidly changing environment. We believe that QuickPay gives them all of the features and benefits they need to take payments on the spot and on the go, and provides a seamless payment experience for their customers."



Two SESAMES Awards for Post-Quantum Cryptography on Contactless Security Chip

Infineon Technologies AG has been recognised with two SESAMES Awards for the world's first post-quantum cryptography implementation on a contactless security chip. The prestigious industry awards were presented today at the TRUSTECH 2017 in Cannes. Infineon was awarded in two of six categories: Cybersecurity and eGovernment.

Infineon is a pioneer in the development of encryption mechanisms that can withstand the computing power of future quantum computers. The company is already preparing for the smooth transition from currently used security protocols to post-quantum cryptography.

Infineon is the first provider to transfer post-quantum cryptography to contactless smart cards. The small chip size and limited storage space for storing and executing such a complex algorithm as well as the transmission speed were challenging.



Inside Secure Delivers Strong Customer Authentication for Visma Solutions

Visma Solutions, the leading Finnish software as a service (SaaS) provider, has chosen Inside Secure's mobile strong authentication and payment authorisation service for its Netvisor ID and other online services.

Inside Secure Strong Authentication, formerly known as MePIN, is a white label authentication platform for large service providers and a ready-to-go authentication service for small and medium-sized services.

Netvisor ID is a mobile application that functions as a convenient public key certificate enabling digital signatures of transactions. Inside Secure's solution helps Visma to protect user logins and transactions to make the authentication process a convenient user experience. The solution also enables payment and other transaction authorisation, complying with the upcoming PSD2 directive.

"Users expect a great experience with all of their mobile applications," said Markku Mehtala, vice president of authentication at Inside Secure. "Our Strong Authentication solutions are especially good at combining strong security and usability, and support the strategy of Inside Secure to become a major player in the security as a service market."




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