Notes from the iappANZ, 20 April 2018

(Apr 19, 2018) The power of data analytics is front and center in the news with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. In a timely release, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner recently issued two new guides providing detailed advice on the application of the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles in regard to data analytics. The use of data analytics is increasingly common across government agencies and the private sector as a result of the availability of large data sets and incre... Read More

Hong Kong–based ISP announces 380,000 records involved in data breach

(Apr 19, 2018) Internet service provider Hong Kong Broadband Network announced 380,000 customer and service applicant records were involved in a data breach earlier this week when an unauthorized person accessed the records, Hong Kong Free Press reports. The records, which were part of an inactive database, contained personally identifiable information, as well as 43,000 credit card details, from the group’s 2012 fixed line and international calling services division. In an announcement, the company said, “Upo... Read More

Life insurance consortium announces blockchain solution for cross-company data sharing

(Apr 19, 2018) As part of a collaborative blockchain program, a consortium of 14 Indian life insurers, partnered with Cognizant, announced a blockchain solution to facilitate cross-company data sharing, EconoTimes reports. The solution, which is built on R3’s distributed ledger platform and hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform, is designed to reduce reliance on data intermediaries and aggregators in obtaining customer and policy details. Arun Baid, Cognizant’s global delivery head for insurance, said, "As a sh... Read More

Singapore to roll out facial recognition surveillance

(Apr 19, 2018) As part of a larger “Smart Nation” initiative, the Singapore government announced plans to roll out a “Lamppost-as-a-Platform” pilot project next year and is currently accepting bids until May, according to Reuters. As part of the project, more than 100,000 surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition software will be spread throughout the city’s lampposts to perform “crowd analytics” and support the government’s anti-terror operations. Adam Schwartz, senior staff attorney at the Electr... Read More