Tag Archives: Asia

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 – How To Fix Aadhaar: Destroy the database, issue a smartcard and make linking to services optional

By | April 17, 2017

  Getty Images So far, various people and agencies associated with Aadhaar have repeatedly proclaimed that the Aadhaar database is adequately secured. The list includes the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Panday, the Minister of State for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who did it twice. The… 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 »

India – Fake Passport Agents’ Gang Busted By Anti-Terror Squad

By | March 28, 2017

After three passports were recovered from possession of slain terror suspect Saifullah, the Uttar Pradesh ATS launched a crackdown on fake travel documents and arrested a gang involved in the clandestine trade. Inspector General UP Anti-Terror Squad Asim Arun said, “Fake passports can affect national security. Acting on specific tip-off, a number of teams were formed, which found… 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 »

Philippines – Nothing Irregular in ePassport – DFA

By | March 27, 2017

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said there is “nothing irregular” in the bidding of the electronic passport, or ePassport, saying everything is “aboveboard.” DFA spokesman Charles Jose, however, declined to provide The Manila Times a copy of the ePassport contract with APO Production Unit Inc. or APO, saying “there’s confidentiality clause in the contract that… 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 – Question No.2412 Launch Of Chip Enabled E-Passports

By | March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2412 TO BE ANSWERED ON 23.03.2017 LAUNCH OF CHIP ENABLED e-PASSPORTS 2412. SHRIMATI RENUKA CHOWDHURY: Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state: (a) whether Government proposes to launch chip enabled e-passports; (b) if so, the details thereof along with the details of enhanced security features to be included… 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 »

India: UIDAI to Up Authentication Capacity to 10 Crore Transactions per Day

By | March 12, 2017

The minister’s written reply came in response to a question on how the authority plans to increase biometric authentication capacity of Aadhaar to push Aadhaar enabled payment system. NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India is procuring hardware to raise its authentication capacity to 10 crore transactions a day, Parliament was informed today. “Unique Identification Authority of… Read More »

Bangladesh – Smart Card to be Distributed in Ctg Tomorrow

By | March 12, 2017

The cardholders will get 22 types of services, including banking, TIN, driving license and passport.  The formal distribution of machine-readable smart national identity (NID) cards will begin in the port city from tomorrow. Chief Election Commissioner (EC) KM Nurul Huda will formally inaugurate the distribution of smart cards at a function at Chittagong circuit house at 11 am… Read More »