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(Sep 22, 2016) The Financial Times reports on Asia’s struggle to combat a growing number of cybercrimes. A survey conducted by Grant Thornton found the Asia-Pacific region lost $81.3 billion from cyberattacks in a 12-month time frame ending in September 2015. Privacy observers say a lack of awareness and investment leave organizations exposed, particularly in comparison to companies in the U.S. and in Europe. Privacy professionals say growing political tensions are also to blame for the rise in cyberattacks. “There is no question that [the problem] is growing,” says Regional President at LogRhythm Bill Taylor. “In the past few years hackers in Asia have certainly ramped up the game. It wasn’t talked about as much and maybe it wasn’t as apparent.” (Registration may be required to access this story.) Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Privacy commissioner releases Information Leaflet on Hong Kong BYOD practices

(Sep 22, 2016) The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner has published an Information Leaflet with bring-your-own-device guidelines, JD Supra Business Advisor reports. “The Information Leaflet suggests organizations adopt a risk-based approach to BYOD security, implementing access controls and security measures proportionate to the types of personal data stored in or accessible by BYOD equipment and the harm and likelihood of loss or unauthorized disclosure,” the report states. “The commissioner has suggested as best practice that organizations should, at the outset of any BYOD implementation, conduct risk assessments and implement internal BYOD policies accordingly to ensure appropriate data privacy and data security compliance.” Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

New report indicates government encourages countrymen to spy, report on each other

(Sep 22, 2016) A Privacy International report has found that the Thai government is using enlisted civilians to use social media as a surveillance tool on each other — “and even rewarding child ‘Cyber Scouts,’” Vice News states. “The information being gathered is helping Thai police bring charges of ‘lèse majesté’ — a long-standing law in Thailand in which anyone who ‘defames, insults, or threatens’ the top members of the royal family faces a prison term of up to 15 years,” the report adds. Surveillance effort... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Korean musician Instagram hacked; entertainment agency to sue

(Sep 22, 2016) YG Entertainment has announced it will pursue legal action after discovering that one of its musicians, G-Dragon’s, private Instagram had been hacked and the pictures redistributed online, Soompi reports. “Hacking a private social networking site and sharing the photos is a crime,” YG said in a statement. “We will be filing complaints against not only the hacker, but those who spread malicious rumors. These are measures to prevent additional invasions of artists’ privacy, which crossed the line and broke the law.” The agency further asked the media to refrain from using G-Dragon’s Instagram pictures, the report states. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Senator’s cellphone number, home address released publicly

(Sep 22, 2016) Zeibiz reports Philippines Senator Leila De Lima had her cellphone number and home address made public during a House Committee on Justice hearing for the drug problems within New Bilibid Prison. De Lima said she has received nearly 2,000 hate messages and calls since the disclosure. “I condemn and vehemently protest the sheer indecency and foulness of allowing my cellphone number and home address to be publicly disclosed. They have victimized me over and over again, and just when I thought I could not feel more betrayed, they have once again proven that I have underestimated their audacity and evilness,” De Lima said in a statement. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Tribunal rules against doctor claiming her conversations were illegally recorded

(Sep 22, 2016) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand examined a case involving a doctor accusing her former employee of illicitly recording her conversations. Dr. Deborah Waxman accused Dr. Jitendra Pal and Dr. Promila Pal of illegally recording her, and using the conversations against her after she was fired for improperly downloading patient information from another company. The Human Rights Review Tribunal looked at her case, and determined she was informed the conversations were recorded, a... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Does Hong Kong need to revamp its criminal privacy laws?

(Sep 22, 2016) The Hong Kong Free Press reports on former triad member Chan Chi-cheung’s attempts to reintegrate into society following a 38-year prison sentence, and how the availability of criminal records make it difficult for former criminals to return to regular living. Society for Community Organization’s Ng Wai-tung believes Hong Kong’s privacy laws need to be revamped to greater protect convicts from the disclosure of criminal records to employers. The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance’s only requireme... Read More

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Study: 56 percent of businesses believe third parties stole data

(Sep 22, 2016) An Enterprise Strategy Group study revealed businesses’ concerns with stolen data, ETCIO.com reports. The study found 98 percent of respondents cited sensitive data loss as a top or significant concern, with 67 percent saying incorrectly sent emails were the top reason for data loss. Respondents also cited theft as a data loss issue, with 56 percent saying it is “very or somewhat likely” files had been stolen by partners, contractors or customers, and 58 percent saying employees were the culprits. Malicious software was also cited as an issue, as 60 percent said it was responsible for the loss of sensitive data. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Yahoo prepared to confirm 2012 data breach

(Sep 22, 2016) International Business Times reports Yahoo is reportedly prepared to confirm the legitimacy of the 2012 data breach exposing 200 million customers’ accounts. The report says anonymous sources claim the announcement could lead to government investigations, legal actions, and could affect its deal with Verizon. The 2012 leak included information on usernames, hashed passwords and dates of birth. The hacker, known only as “Peace,” uploaded the data to the underground marketplace called The Real Dea... Read More

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Op-ed: Google’s Allo app worth using, despite privacy concerns

(Sep 22, 2016) In an op-ed for Gizmodo, Michael Nunez advocates for Google’s new messaging app Allo, despite having concerns about its privacy capabilities. Nunez enjoys the app’s integration with Google’s artificial intelligence, and its use of Google Assistant to help call upon information and help organize a user’s itinerary. “It’s a little creepy to willingly let Google’s AI read your conversations, especially if you’re concerned about your privacy, but I say it’s completely worth it for the level of conv... Read More

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