Thursday, 18 August 2011

South Korean iPhone owners to Sue Apple

Apple has faced much criticism after it was revealed that the iPhone and iPad stores their locations which could be used to track users' movements.

Apple is facing a law suit from 27,000 South Koreans for privacy violations relating to the collection of user location information. Each is seeking One-million KRW (GBP 568)

In April a pair of security researchers found a hidden file on the iPhone which records the devices latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp, although not one hundred percent exact they are very well detailed.

Apple have denied that they have used the information to track a users location, saying the handsets were recording information about mobile phone masts and wi-fi hotspots.

Telefonica Germany, Telekom and Vodafone Plan Mobile Payment Company

Telefonica Germany, Telekom and Vodafone are pushing ahead with their joint activities in mobile payments. The three telecommunications providers intend to register their payment service 'mpass' as a company, and have signed a letter of understanding to this effect. The new company is due to begin operating as early as this year.

The new company will concentrate on stepping up distribution and marketing activities, as well as developing new products. Aided by new technologies such as Near Field Communication (NFC), users will soon be able to make simple, secure and wireless payments in high-street shops, too.

mpass is the mobile payment service of Telefonica Germany, Telekom and Vodafone. The service enables secure mobile and soon contactless payment for mobile phone users of all Germany's networks. What is especially interesting is that sensitive customer data such as bank details are not sent to the trader as part of the purchase process. The payment order can only be authorised from the buyer's mobile phone.

'Payment by mobile phone will increasingly feature in our daily lives,' says Michiel van Eldik, Managing Director of Wholesale & Partner Management at Telefonica Germany. I think that even as early as next year, consumers will be leaving their credit cards at home and paying by mobile phone instead.'

Cardtronics to Acquire Access to Money

Cardtronics, Inc. and Access to Money, Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Cardtronics USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cardtronics, Inc., will acquire Access to Money.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cardtronics will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Access to Money for a cash payment of $0.285 per share and retire all of Access to Money's outstanding indebtedness. The total cost to be paid at closing will be approximately $21.2 million. The companies expect an early fourth quarter completion date for the transaction.

Cardtronics is the world's largest retail ATM services provider, operating over 41,900 ATMs around the globe. Access to Money has established itself as a leading operator of merchant-owned ATMs, having secured ATM services contracts for approximately 9,700 ATMs with local and regional merchants, as well as operating nearly 650 ATMs that are company-owned across the U.S.

The transaction is subject to approval by Access to Money's stockholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Due to the size of the transaction, no filing is required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Cardtronics and Access to Money expect to complete the transaction early in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Robert Eckel Appointed CEO of MorphoTrust USA, Inc.

Morpho (Safran group) today announced that Robert Eckel will serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MorphoTrust USA, Inc. MorphoTrust was formed in July 2011 from the acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions by Safran.

As CEO of MorphoTrust, Mr. Eckel will lead the former L-1 Biometric, Secure Credentialing and Enrolment Services businesses in the United States (U.S.). He will manage these businesses under a Proxy Board pursuant to an agreement developed with the U.S. government. MorphoTrust is headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts.

"Robert Eckel has a proven track record of success in secure credentialing and his leadership is increasingly recognised across the identity management industry," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Morpho. "We have every confidence Robert will guide MorphoTrust to continued success."

Mr. Eckel previously served as President of the Secure Credentialing Division of L-1 Identity Systems. He joined L-1 in August 2008 as part of the acquisition of Digimarc, where he served as President of Digimarc's Identity System business since August of 2005.

Cryptomathic Opens First USA Office

Cryptomathic has opened its first office in the USA, which is located in San Jose, California in the Silicon Valley. The new operation will be headed up by Cryptomathic's Executive Vice President, Matt Landrock, and is ideally positioned to support our existing and future US customer base, which includes card processors, payment schemes and technology providers.

The significant growth in our US customer-base over recent months has been the key driving factor behind Cryptomathic's decision to open its fifth international operation. Matt Landrock has played a central role in Cryptomathic's global expansion since he joined the company more than 15 years ago commenting on his latest position to launch the USA operation, Matt said: "The Silicon Valley is home to some of the world's largest technology corporations and is at the core of high-tech innovation and development. Once the commercial decision was made to open in the USA, we felt that this location would allow us to effectively monitor regional e-security solution market requirements and efficiently respond. Additionally, as our Canadian office is in Montreal, Cryptomathic can now service the entire region coast-to-coast."

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