India Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad released a government report — India’s Trillion-Dollar Digital Opportunity — at the NASSCOM Technology & Leadership Forum. In addition to a vision of quadrupling the digital economy by 2025, which is currently valued at roughly $200 billion, it also aims to generate employment for 55 to 60 million workers. One of the sessions discussed China’s unparalleled growth in artificial intelligence and hinted that a lack of stringent data privacy laws was an important driver for the use of data by AI and machine learning. The minister also reiterated his ambitious vision to make India a data analytics hub.
Baptiste Robert (alias Elliot Alderson/@fs0c131y), a French security researcher, made yet another Aadhaar-related data leak revelation. India’s state-owned gas company Indane left exposed a part of its website for dealers and distributors that was used to scrape Aadhaar numbers, addresses and phone numbers of its consumers. Approximately 6.7 million records were reportedly at risk.
Sensitive information stored in the Chinese government’s facial-recognition databases, which are used to track the Uyghur Muslim population in the Xinjiang region, was exposed for months. It includes names, ID card numbers, issue and expiration dates, sexes, nationalities, home addresses, dates of birth, photos, and employer and GPS location data.
Australia released its report on notified data breaches. In the first year of operation, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner received notification of 812 breaches. Stakeholders seem to be running out of patience over long review and closure timelines.
A passenger onboard Singapore Airlines used Twitter to highlight what seems a very genuine privacy concern: The in-flight entertainment system has a camera. Singapore Airlines was quick to clarify that the hardware procured had cameras but were disabled by default. And that they don’t have any plans to turn it on.
To end, some news on the IAPP in Asia. After a long spell, we convened our first meeting of the Asia Advisory Board. We are excited for a productive and innovative year ahead for the IAPP in Asia — stay tuned!
That’s it from me. Catch up soon!
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