South Africa considers mandatory re-registration of five-year olds’ biometric data to tackle ID fraud

A proposed change to legislation in South Africa would require the re-registration of children’s biometric data with the government when they turn five. The Draft Official Identity Management Policy published last week by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) suggests every South African child would be required to reregister their identities as well as their […]

Russia “likely” culprit in massive SolarWinds cyber attack, US government agencies say

A group of US federal agencies has laid the blame for the SolarWinds cyber attack at Russia’s door publicly for the first time. The Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG) said its investigations indicate that an Advanced Persistent Threat actor “likely Russian in origin” was responsible for most or all of the ongoing cyber compromises. It […]

Singapore police can obtain Covid contact-tracing data for criminal investigations, minister confirms

Singapore police are “empowered” to obtain COVID-19 data from TraceTogether to assist in criminal investigations, a government minister told parliament. Desmond Tan, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, said yesterday that the country’s  Criminal Procedure Code allows police to use the data for investigations. This is despite the privacy notice for TraceTogether users stating  […]

ICO urges UK companies using SolarWinds Orion to check for data breaches

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has urged UK companies using SolarWind’s compromised platform Orion to determine if the personal data they hold has been affected by the cyber-attack. The ICO has released a statement urging all UK companies using Orion, an IT system management platform, to determine if hackers were able to access personal data […]

ICO welcomes the free flow of personal data from the EU and EEA to the UK for six months under trade agreement

The trade deal announced last week between the European Union and United Kingdom has been welcomed by the Information Commissioner. “This is the best possible outcome for UK organisations processing personal data from the EU”, said Elizabeth Denham, in a statement yesterday. Denham was responding to the news that the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, […]

Biden pledges to prioritise cyber security following attack on US government agencies

Joe Biden has promised to prioritise cyber security and slammed President Donald Trump for not treating it seriously enough, following a huge cyber-attack on government agencies last week. The President-elect used a large part of his pre-Christmas address yesterday to criticise the Trump administration’s approach to cyber threats. This followed a large attack on several […]

UK Online Safety Bill may have implications for freedom of expression and privacy, says digital rights Group

The UK Online Safety Bill may have “implications for freedom of expression and privacy” as private messaging may fall within the scope of the regulatory framework, a digital rights group has warned. On 15 December, the UK government published its full response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation ahead of the publication of the […]