China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

Some concerned the law could require 'back doors' in products


BEIJING (Reuters) - Technology companies have nothing to fear from China's new anti-terrorism law which aims to prevent and probe terror activities and does not affect their copyright, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, rebuffing U.S. criticism as unwarranted.

The draft anti-terrorism law has caused concern in Western capitals as it could require technology firms to install "back doors" in products or to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government.

Apple hits out at British plans to extend online surveillance

Critics say the Investigatory Powers Bill gives authority beyond those in other Western countries


LONDON (Reuters) - Apple has warned that a British plan to give intelligence agencies extra online surveillance powers could weaken the security of personal data for millions of people and paralyze the tech sector.

Britain unveiled proposals for new online powers last month that it said were needed to keep the country safe from criminals, fraudsters and militants, including the right to find out which websites people visit.

Cyber security expert warns German banks of retail payments risks

Recommends that payment terminal manufacturers take appropriate action


OXFORD, England (Reuters) - A top cyber security researcher has warned German banks that their retail payment systems have security flaws that could allow fraudsters to steal payment card PIN codes, create fake cards or siphon funds from customer or merchant accounts.

Karsten Nohl, who is credited with revealing major security threats in mobile phones, automobiles, security cards and thumb-sized USB drives, told Reuters he has found critical weaknesses in software that runs retail point-of-sale terminals in Germany.

Cisco reviews code after Juniper breach; more scrutiny expected

Rival warns customers that it had uncovered 'unauthorized code' in its firewall software


BOSTON (Reuters) - Networking equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc said on Monday it has launched a product review to look for tampering after rival Juniper Networks Inc's disclosure found code in firewall software that made it vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Juniper warned customers on Thursday that it had uncovered "unauthorized code" in its firewall software, saying it could be exploited to allow an attacker to unscramble encrypted communications that travel through the security devices.

EU data protection reform may promise more than it delivers

The new rules should be a boon for web companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Implementing the biggest shake-up to Europe's fragmented data protection laws in two decades may fail to provide companies with the consistency and simplicity that had been promised across the 28-nation bloc.

A patchwork of privacy laws in the European Union, dating back to 1995 when the internet was in its infancy, was criticised for lacking teeth and being interpreted differently across the EU.

Hack attacks and data law boost European cyber insurance demand

New EU data protection laws compel companies to report potentially harmful breaches within 3 days


(Reuters) - New European legislation on data privacy is helping push up regional demand for cyber insurance, industry specialists say, after companies such as TalkTalk and Experian were affected by hackers earlier this year.

The European Union agreed this week to change fragmented data protection laws, forcing companies to report breaches likely to harm individuals to national authorities within 72 hours.

Attorney General Lynch chides European decisions to restrict data sharing

EU and member nations in final negotiations to find an agreement on a new EU-wide data protection law


LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned on Wednesday that a planned European Union data protection law could undermine efforts to thwart terrorist attacks by restricting transatlantic information sharing.

The United States and European Union countries are discussing ways to improve the speed and scope of sharing data in the wake of deadly militant attacks on Paris, California and a Russian passenger plane.

"No nation can fight terrorism alone," Lynch said in a speech at London's Chatham House think tank.

China's cyber chief defends censorship ahead of Internet conference

Chief administrator says that if China were too restrictive, its online market would not be developing so rapidly


BEIJING (Reuters) - China's cyber chief rejected criticism on Wednesday that the country's Internet was too censored, arguing ahead of a major state-sponsored Internet conference that order was a means to online freedom.

China has the world's most sophisticated online censorship system, known elsewhere as the 'Great Firewall', and experts have said China's inaugural World Internet Conference last year in Wuzhen, southwest of Shanghai, was part of Beijing's effort to shape global Internet governance rules.

With an eye on Russia, Estonia seeks security in computing cloud

One of the world's most wired countries with 95 percent of government services online


TALLINN (Reuters) - Concerned about its assertive neighbor Russia, Estonia plans to upload much of its government data to computing clouds to guard against security threats, enabling the Baltic state to be run from abroad if necessary.

Estonia is one of the world's most wired countries with 95 percent of government services online. You can vote, register births and cars, sign official documents and set up businesses online, often in a matter of minutes.

U.S. government reveals breadth of requests for Internet records

Twitter has sued in federal court seeking the ability to publish more details in its transparency reports


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used a secretive authority to compel Internet and telecommunications firms to hand over customer data including an individual’s complete web browsing history and records of all online purchases, a court filing released Monday shows.

The documents are believed to be the first time the government has provided details of its so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval.

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