Tag Archives: Asia Pacific

Philippines – Duterte Open to Nat’l ID Ssystem

By | April 21, 2017

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said it was studying a plan to establish a national identification system as a measure to check terrorism. In a news conference, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the establishment of a national ID system was “being considered.”  The Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) is pushing for such a measure in Congress, Abella said. “That seems… Read More »

Top-level Market Analysis Singapore Cards and Payments Industry

By | April 20, 2017

Latest industry research report on: Singapore Cards and Payments Market : Industry Size, Share, Research, Reviews, Analysis, Strategies, Demand, Growth, Segmentation, Parameters, Forecasts GlobalDatas “The Cards and Payments Industry in Singapore: Emerging Trends and Opportunities to 2020”, report provides detailed analysis of market trends in the Singaporean cards and payments industry. It provides values and volumes for a… Read More »

Fake Passport Row: CBI Files FIR Against MEA Officials

By | April 18, 2017

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against unknown officials from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for issuing fake passports to 12 people. The FIR report states that the CBI received a tip-off that unknown MEA officials have committed criminal misconduct by abusing their official position as public servant and entered into a criminal… Read More »

Philippines – Partnered in Crime

By | April 18, 2017

Just one Malacañang official broke the odd silence of the motor-biking Duterte Harley administration on the deal for tens of millions of e-passports issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. An umbrella organization of labor unions, on the other hand, asked Congress to investigate the deal, wanting to cut down the high price of the passport that millions… Read More »

India – Dear Mumbaikar, Here’s Why You Should Not Reveal Card Details Over Phone

By | April 15, 2017

Mumbai: In yet another instance of cyber fraud in the city, a 52-year-old man from Ghatkopar was duped of nearly Rs 3 lakh by an unknown person. The accused withdrew the victim’s money from his bank account through online shopping, PayTm etc. The victim, Arun Kamble, a resident of Nalanda, Ghatkopar, received a phone call from an unknown… Read More »

Philippines – BSP Eyes ‘Hard Deadline’ for Shift to Chip Cards

By | April 10, 2017

The central bank said it would soon set a “hard deadline” for banks to switch to a more secure EMV chip technology for automated teller machine and credit cards from the vulnerable magnetic stripe technology. The EMV or Europay Mastercard Visa is the global standard for chip-based credit and debit transactions that makes its difficult for fraudsters to… Read More »

Aadhaar Is A Civil Liberties Issue: What India Can Learn From Countries That Resisted Biometric Databases

By | April 10, 2017

Despite several concerns over the Aadhaar database, the Government is increasingly making the card a necessity for the daily lives of Indians. There is little choice for citizens who want to avoid giving their biometric data to the Government. Applying for a PAN card, filing income tax returns, getting a drivers license, and using a SIM card will all… Read More »

Indonesia’s Parliament Allegedly Embezzles Over $170M From Planned National ID Program

By | April 10, 2017

Indonesia’s notoriously corrupt parliament is embroiled in scandal after two officials were arrested for their part in skimming more than $170M from the country’s digital ID card program. In an indictment handed down last month, the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission accused two senior home ministry officials of facilitating payouts benefiting more than 37 lawmakers and high-ranking government officers,… Read More »

Chip-Enabled e-Passports To Be Launched In India This Year

By | April 5, 2017

Passports are considered to be one of most important identity proofs as well as the second travel ticket. Due to the rising technological advancements and innovative ideas, the Indian Government has come up with a new chip-enabled e-passport. This e-passport has a very high-security feature, which is the reason the government plans to introduce it as soon as… Read More »

Gemalto Accelerates IoT Adoption and Innovation in Japan

By | April 3, 2017

​​​Amsterdam, Apr. 3, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has been selected by SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) as a partner for On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) services enabling both consumer and industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) IoT connectivity and deployment of value added applications and services. Under the collaboration, Gemalto will supply its Remote SIM… Read More »

Entrust Datacard Partners With Elite Security Channels in India

By | April 3, 2017

The identity-based digital information security vendor pursues the indirect route of channels globally as an important part of the company’s GTM. It is the GTM strategy for India market. We follow the combined strategy of some direct and indirect strategy in only a handful of countries. However, the vast focus is to ensure the growth of the channel… Read More »

Philippines – Labor Group Set To Sue APO-PU, Ugec Execs Over Passport Mess

By | April 3, 2017

A FEDERATION of labor unions is poised to file graft charges against ranking officials of a state-owned printing company and its private partner for allegedly entering into a partnership agreement with a private corporation without legal authority and squandering billions of pesos on an outsourcing scheme grossly disadvantageous to the government. The Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions… Read More »

SoftBank Signs On for Gemalto eSIM Provisioning Solution

By | April 3, 2017

Japan-based telecom SoftBank will use Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity for remote SIM provisioning. In a statement announcing the partnership, Gemalto suggested that its ODC platform will give the MNO “a competitive edge” in offering digital services not just for smartphones, but other Internet of Things devices like wearables, smart meters, and connected cars. The company also highlighted the “great… Read More »

Philippines – APO-PU Erred in e-Passport Subcontract–Palace Official

By | April 2, 2017

MALACAÑANG has strongly hinted that state-run APO-Productivity Unit Inc. (APO-PU) may have committed grave abuse of discretion and could be held criminally and administratively liable for engaging the services of a privately owned printing company for the implementation of the e-passport project of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Short of recommending the immediate repeal of the existing… Read More »

India – Tamil Nadu to Issue 1.89 Crore Smart Cards to Stop PDS Leakage

By | April 2, 2017

CHENNAI: Ration cards in Tamil Nadu are set to get a digital makeover with chief minister Edappadi Palaniswamihanding out the first set of smart cards to residents on Saturday at an event in Korattur. All ration card holders in Tamil Nadu will be issued smart cards by May, the CM announced. The chief minister launched a smart family… Read More »

Philippines – Congressional Inquiry Urged Over ‘Overpriced’ e-Passports

By | March 27, 2017

An umbrella organization of labor unions is urging Congress to look into the government’s alleged overpriced new digital passport or e-passport. In a statement, Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions president Terry Tuazon said the government should lower the cost of the e-passport and make it more affordable, particularly for overseas Filipino workers. Tuazon said the e-passports being… Read More »

Indonesia – Striking Question, Justice: Did e-ID Project Belong to Golkar?

By | March 23, 2017

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Hearing of alleged corruption case in the procurement project of electronic-based national identity card or e-ID card held at the Corruption Court in Central Jakarta, Wednesday (03/22/2017) yesterday went smoothly and gave attractive colors. This is after a striking question by the judge to the witness from the House of Representatives (DPR) about the e-ID… Read More »

India – Govt to Roll Out Chip-Based Passports Soon

By | March 23, 2017

Chip enabled e-passports with high security features may soon be rolled out as government has started preparation for introducing it. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the government has given approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports. He said Nasik-based India Security Press… Read More »

Philippines: AF Payments Hits 3M Mark in Beep Card Sales

By | March 16, 2017

AF Payments Inc. said on Thursday it has sold 3 million beep cards mostly to Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) riders since it started operations in 2015. The beep card is a reloadable contactless smart card with a stored value of up to P10,000, and can be used in LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, selected bus… Read More »

Indonesia: Second e-ID Card Hearing Probes Budgeting Aspects

By | March 16, 2017

The second hearing in a graft trial on e-ID card procurement on Thursday heard witness testimonies. “In the second hearing, we will dig into the budgeting aspects [of the e-ID card project]. Home Ministry witnesses presented by Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] prosecutors are ready to testify,” KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said prior to the hearing.   Agus Martowardojo,… Read More »