India orders mandatory use of COVID-19 contact tracing app for all workers

The Indian government announced on Friday that all workers, both in the public and private sectors, are required to install the nation’s COVID-19 contact tracing app as it begins to ease some of its lockdown measures for lower-risk areas. Likewise, it is Read More …

UK police use drones and roadblocks to enforce lockdown

A police force has defended using a drone camera to shame people into not driving into a national park during the lockdown, while another force said it was introducing roadblocks to stop drivers heading to tourist hotspots. A new law Read More …

It’s time to track people’s smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

Tracking and limiting the movements of overseas travelers, and others suspected to be COVID-19 coronavirus carriers, has proved an essential tool in controlling the pandemic. That’s according to Professor Marylouise McLaws, a technical adviser to the World Health Organization’s Infection Read More …

NERC CIP compliance in Azure

When I did my first North American Electric Reliability Corporation—Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) compliance project it was 2009. NERC CIP was at version 3. It was the first mandatory cybersecurity standard that the utility I was working for had Read More …

Data Protection Authority Investigates Avast for Selling Users’ Browsing History

On Tuesday, the Czech data protection authority announced an investigation into antivirus company Avast, which was harvesting the browsing history of over 100 million users and then selling products based on that data to a slew of different companies including Read More …

Police go-ahead for facial recognition cameras in London could break the law, government watchdog warns

The looming use of facial recognition cameras across London could fall foul of the law, the government’s own watchdog has warned. Professor Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, joined human rights groups and some MPs in criticising the announcement by the Metropolitan Police force. He pointed out that an Read More …

Dutch govt wants to protect telecom sector against hostile suppliers

The Dutch government published the Decree on Security and Integrity of Telecommunications (Bvit) on 5 December. The decree lays down the legal possibility to exclude a supplier from Dutch networks based on evidence or suspicion the company wants to undermine Read More …

U.S. Department of Commerce is tightening IT, telecom supply chain security

The Department of Commerce has proposed a new rule to identify, evaluate and address business transactions involving the use of Chinese-made telecommunications gear in U.S. infrastructure Supporting the White House’s executive order to secure IT and communications supply chains, the Read More …

India’s Comptroller and Auditor General flags loopholes in airport security

Even as airports in most parts of the country are facing a high level of threat perception, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has flagged several loopholes in the aviation security establishment. The situation at two hyper-sensitive airports, two sensitive Read More …