Thursday, 07 April 2011


Google, Facebook Challenge French Data Law

Several well-known internet companies, including Google, Facebook and eBay have challenged the French government's plan to keep web users' personal data for a year. The legal challenge that will be heard by the France's highest judicial body, the State Council, this week is brought by The French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC).

The law will be imposed on a wide range of e-commerce websites, video and music services and web mail providers to keep a host of data on customers, which includes all users' full names, postal addresses, telephone numbers and passwords. The data must be handed over to the authorities as and when demanded. Police, the fraud office, customs department, tax and social security bodies will have full right of access to the personal information of users.

The French Association of Internet Community Services believes "Several elements are problematic" in the law. The French government is trying to put too much of pressure on the internet companies with the law. Moreover, the Association stated "passwords should not be collected and warned that retaining them could have security implications".



idOnDemand and NXP Bring Smart Card Security to Mobile Device Authentication

idOnDemand, the pioneers in smart identification, and NXP Semiconductors joined hands to bring smart card security to mobile device authentication.

Based on NFC technology and embedding NXP's SmartMX chip into an idOnDemand SmartID card, customers will get a highly secure login from their tablet computer, smart phone or hand-held mobile phone.

With an idOnDemand SmartID solution, users can securely authenticate to corporate or cloud resources by simply presenting their corporate ID card to the device, without the need to install a client or custom application on their personal mobile devices. idOnDemand SmartIDs can also be used with any OATH compliant authentication server or managed authentication service, giving customers choice and flexibility.



ODIN Completes 500th RFID Project

ODIN, a global provider of RFID software and RFID solutions announced its successful completion of the 500th RFID project. Known as the IT Asset Tracking solution project, ODIN made it for one of the world's largest financial institutions based on its own Intelligent Asset Management (I AM) RFID software.

I AM software is the only RFID-based Asset Tracking, Healthcare and Social Media solution designed to ensure 99%+ read accuracy that can reach up to thousands of RFID read points and ensure easy integration into existing systems of record such as Maximo, Oracle, AssetCenter and other ITAM programs.



Oberthur Expands in Spain

Oberthur Technologies, a leading secure technologies specialist, has considerably increased the capacity of its service centre in Torrejon de Ardoz in Madrid, Spain. The new service centre covers an area of over 2,000 square metres, with modern state-of-the-art facilities.

Through the expansion, the Company aims to offer a range of value-added and after sales services to its Spanish customers in the banking, telecommunications, transport and identity sector. Oberthur Technologies will set up new machines in the new Madrid service centre for embedding, laser engraving and high definition colour printing. Offer of "Smart Services" such as connected systems for real time monitoring of work in progress, automatic reporting of finished work, etc has being raised by the Company.



Over One Fifth of Online Shoppers Fall Victim to Online Fraud: A Report

According to a YouGov survey, commissioned for eWise payo, the first and only UK bank inclusive Online Banking ePayments (OBeP) solution, one fifth or 21 percent of adult Britons fall prey to online fraud when making a purchase on the internet. The research also revealed that nearly 88 percent of online shoppers have either been cheated by online fraudsters or are worried about falling victims in the future.

Over all, 95 percent of online adults indicated they buy things online, with over two-thirds or 70 percent of the people stating they pay online for goods at least once per month.

More than 69 percent agreed with the statement: "I am concerned about security when paying for goods/services online". And about 54 percent stated they have abandoned an online purchase in the last year due to fears of insecurity.

When respondents were asked to pick the 2 payment methods they feel are most secure for paying online for purchases, only 20 percent made debit cards one of their top two choices.



Ingenico: First Contactless NFC Payment Solutions Certified in France by GIE Cartes Bancaires

Ingenico was just awarded by Groupement des Cartes Bancaires the first certification for the acceptation of contactless payment by card or mobile phone, delivered in France to a provider of terminals and payment solutions.

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires issued Bulletin no. 12 V2 concerning the "deployment of contactless acceptation ". The bulletin takes account of the specifications used in the mobile payment experiments "Payez Mobile" in the cities of Caen and Strasbourg and those of "Nice, contactless city". All registered "digital cities" (currently Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse) will base themselves on those specifications, thereby speeding up the development of contactless payment in France.

According to Frederic Leclef, Managing Director of Ingenico France, The principle of contactless payment is well known in France. Users are willing to change terminals to take advantage of this new technology".

Right from the start, Ingenico adopted NFC for transport applications, then payment. This certification is a new and decisive asset for the propagation of contactless technology.



Marks and Spencer Customers Hit By Epsilon Attack

Customers have been warned by Marks and Spencer (M&S) against alarming rise of rogue e-mails following the recent worldwide cyber attack on the US marketing firm Epsilon. A number of American companies have being victimised from the web attack, including Marriott and Hilton chain of hotels, and several well-known banks.

Marks and Spencer said its customers' need not worry, as all the financial details are safe from attack. According to the Company, "We have been informed by Epsilon, a company we use to send emails to our customers, that some M&S customer e-mail addresses have been accessed without authorisation. We wanted to bring this to your attention as it is possible that you may receive spam e-mail messages as a result".

Marks and Spencer issued a statement telling all customers that the company will "continue to work diligently to protect your personal information".




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