Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Isis Forms Relationships with Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express

Isis, the national mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, announces that Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express will join Isis in making mobile commerce a reality for millions of U.S. consumers and merchants. Isis' relationships with all four payment networks mean that with Isis-enabled phones and payment terminals in place, merchants and consumers will have ubiquity and freedom of choice when it comes to payment network acceptance.

"By working with the nation's payment networks - Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express - we significantly advance the vision of an open and secure platform that provides banks and merchants with a new and highly relevant way to connect with consumers," said Michael Abbott, chief executive officer for Isis.

Earlier this year, Isis announced Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas as initial launch markets, slated to roll out in the first half of 2012 with support from all four payment networks.

Isis will bring mobile commerce to consumers and merchants by using mobile phones to make point-of-sale purchases through the use of near-field communication (NFC) technology. Isis will offer customers a secure and convenient way to pay, redeem coupons and store merchant loyalty cards, all with the tap of a phone.

Since its formation, Isis has had a strong vested interest in generating industry involvement and support for a mobile commerce platform that is open and inclusive by design. By working with all four payment networks, Isis will set the standard for what it means to be open, secure and reliable in the mobile commerce industry.

6,000 Users Signs for Monitise Mobile Payments Trial in Nigeria

The UK-based mobile money services provider Monitise has signed up over 6,000 Nigerian users for a trial to set up mobile banking and payments services in Nigeria.

Monitise has built a network of around 160 agents in 4 Nigerian cities - Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Ibadan, delivering services to 6,700 people since launching the pilot programme in March 2011. Through its mobile banking and payments, Monitise wants plans to help the unbanked population in rural areas of Nigeria, to bring in economic development.

Monitise Africa Managing Director Prateek Shrivastava said: "Our pilot has exceeded expectations since we launched, with a network of staff in corner shops, news-stands and market place kiosks helping Nigerians deposit cash and cheques, send money to each other and withdraw funds without the need for a bank account, but simply by using a mobile phone".

Bell ID Appoints New VP of US Operations

Bell ID has announced the appointment of Todd Freyman as the company's new Vice President of Operations for its U.S. business. Based in Boston, Todd will be responsible for building Bell ID's U.S. division to offer service and support to customers across the Americas, helping to drive the company's strategic growth in the region.

Todd Freyman has 15 years of experience in the security and identity industries. He has worked for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, CoreStreet and most recently ActivIdentity. Todd jbrins with him a wealth of knowledge in cyber and physical security, identity solutions, software and embedded systems, mobile solutions, transportation, payment, aircraft collision avoidance and urban global positioning system (GPS) products and services.

Lancashire Police Website Mix-Up Led To Data Breach

Lancashire Police Authority breached the UK Data Protection Act by accidentally publishing details of an individual's complaint on their website, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) reported yesterday.

The details were disclosed after the authority failed to redact the information, which was marked as restricted, from 2 documents before they were published online. The authority also failed to remove the information after the complainant made them aware of the breach on 24 January this year. This meant that the information was available online for a further 4 days before it was removed.

The ICO has now ordered the authority to make sure that any information due for release on the authority's website is checked and correctly redacted before it is made available. The authority has also agreed to introduce a new policy for staff which explains the actions they must take when informed of a possible data breach.

Director of Operations, Simon Entwisle said: "While it is important that public authorities are transparent about the work they do by publishing information online, this should never be at the expense of an individual's rights to privacy. There can be no excuse for publishing someone's personal information online, and the fact that the Authority failed to remove it when told makes this case all the more concerning".

Miranda Carruthers-Watt, Chief Executive, of Lancashire Police Authority, has signed an undertaking to ensure that procedures are introduced to make sure that all minutes and agendas are quality assured by an appropriate member of staff prior to being published on the authority's website. The authority will also develop a policy for staff explaining the actions they should take when receiving notice of a data breach as well as providing appropriate training and support on how to follow it.

Successful qualification of the Collis GlobalPlatform UICC Compliance Test Suite

Collis has achieved GlobalPlatform qualified status for a specialised (SIM) test tool, after successful completion of the GlobalPlatform TestFest process.

Collis has now officially been qualified by GlobalPlatform. This means that test labs can use the Collis Test Suite to offer GlobalPlatform certification services to companies that manufacture UICC smart cards. GlobalPlatform will list UICCs that successfully pass through the Collis GlobalPlatform UICC Compliance Test Suite as 'qualified'.

Compliance of UICCs to GlobalPlatform's configuration is essential to achieve a uniform infrastructure allowing third parties to load secure applications on a UICC (SIM card).

Dirk Jan van den Heuvel, CEO at Collis, said: "We are pleased to have achieved qualified status for our Collis GlobalPlatform UICC Compliance Test Suite through the GlobalPlatformTestFest process. With our strong focus on the mobile market, we view this qualification as an essential part of our business to strengthen our position as the leader in the field of secure mobile transactions."

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