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Speaking on “Celebrations”, Seattle on 26th August…

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

No, I’m not talking about weddings or the like, Celebrations is a rather beautiful boat that sails around Lake Washington. McAfee have booked her out for a private tour. Attendance is by registration only, but if you think you might like to come you should approach your McAfee account manager.

Bon Voyage!

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Speaking at “The Security Standard Conference”, NY on 13th September

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

For those who follow me around, I’ll be speaking at “The Security Standard” on September 13th 2010. It’s only a short spot but I’ll be introducing some new information about McAfee’s unified DLP solution, and talking briefly about data protection regulations.

Two Gulf States to Ban some BlackBerry Functions..

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Following on from a failed state-wide “hack” of the Blackberry system, where the state-controlled telco etisalat tried to distribute a “performance enhancing patch” to Blackberry users (which turned out to be a state-controlled back door program), The United Arab Emirates is threatening to block e-mail sending and IM delivery on Blackberries, and Saudi Arabia is threatening to block Blackberry-to-Blackberry IM.

According to BBC News:

Both nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets. This is because the Blackberry handsets automatically send the encrypted data to computer servers outside the two countries.

Read more…

Mexico Passes data-leak prevention law…

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Effective as of July 6th 2010, the new la Ley Federal de Protección de Datos Personales en posesión de los particulares, or “Federal Law for Protection of Personal Data held by Private Persons” enforces obligations of disclosure, and has penalties and fines. Companies must act on requests for information about personal data held, and can deny transfer of data and request deletion.

A great writeup by Roumiana Deltcheva can be found on MessageingArchitects.com, and you can get the full text of the law from the Senado site (though in Spanish of course).

European Commission requests the UK to strengthen Data Protection Regulation…

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

This week the European Commission requested the UK to strengthen its data protection legislation to align with the EU Data Protection Directive. Claiming the UK regulations offered less protection than those required under EU rules, the UK has two months to consider the opinion and respond with measures to bring them into line.

The EU highlighted the following points:

1. The ICO cannot monitor third party country data protection rules – assessments which should come before international transfer of personal information

2. The ICO can neither perform random checks on people using or processing personal data, nor enforce penalties following the checks.

The full writeup can be found on the Europe EU Law press release page.

New China encryption rules won’t pose headaches for U.S Vendors?

This week, Jaikumar Vijayan at Computerworld posted an interesting article about new Chinese rules designed to control the import of non-domestic encryption products.

Many people have infered that these new rules will mean products imported into China will be somehow compromised, or unsafe, because their details will have been released to the Chinese Government.

Nothing could be further from the truth.. Read more…

TJX Hacker gets 20 years…

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week, Albert Gonzalez, the “brains” behind the TJX hack , Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven and many other notable cybercrimes was sentenced to 20 years. Part of his punishment is the forfit of $1m he buried in his parents garden, a condo in Miami, a car, diamond ring and several expensive watches (Gonzalez was reported to have stolen $200m by some sources, much of which was returned).

The sentence was severe because some of the attacks were carried out while Gonzalez was working as a Secret Service informant, earning $75k per year.

You can read more on the BBC News website.

Categories: Fines, Privacy Laws