Do Americans want to be forgotten? Plus another SSL flaw, the FBI, and credit card security [Government IT Week]

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Top stories this week

Obama signs order boosting credit, debit card security after spate of bank breaches
The BuySecure initiative will implement enhanced payment security measures throughout the federal government, with hopes that the effort will trickle into the private sector.

US consumer group asks Google to import Europe's right to be forgotten
Is this the beginning of right to be forgotten headaches for Google in the US?

FBI Director: Mobile encryption could lead us to 'very dark place'
Apple's and Google's encryption plans have not gone down well with US law enforcement, and the agency's director says the companies are leading us down a dark path.

Google reveals major flaw in outdated, but widely-used SSL protocol
It's no Heartbleed, but this problem in the obsolete SSL 3.0 is still sure to cause trouble.

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Vic Govt spends AU$6.65m to keep supercomputing facility
The Victorian government has forked out AU$6.65 million to hold on to the supercomputing facility that sits at the heart of its Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, and is collocated with IBM's Research Collaboratory.

NBN rolls out FttN to 200,000 in NSW and Qld
Work is under way to bring the National Broadband Network to 200,000 homes and businesses in NSW and Queensland as the national trail enters a new phase, the company has said.

Zero Day Weekly: Drupal disaster, POODLE, Ebola phishing scams
A collection of notable security news items for the week ending October 17, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.

First draft of 'internet bill of rights' revealed in Italy
An early version of the document puts anonymity, privacy, and net neutrality at the heart of Italian web users' rights - but not everyone's happy.

Brazilian government demands smarter investments from tech firms
Companies producing equipment in Brazil must increase the efficiency of R&D centers, says IT secretary.

Vic emegency database is secure: ESTA
The emergency services database containing the personal details of thousands of Victorians can not been breached by hackers, according to the organisation responsible for overseeing the emergency services communications system.

Australian spy agency spies on itself
How to spook a spy: Spy on your own kind.

Australia seeks cost limits for TPP piracy crackdown
ISPs should act on notices of copyright infringement, but not if it costs too much to implement, according to a new draft Trans-Pacific Partnership IP chapter leak.

Chicago's smart city: From open data to rat control
To become a smart city, Chicago has recognised the need to pool all data sources into one publicly available platform.

The working visa: A tricky subject for technology companies
The enterprise must go global to remain competitive in modern-day business -- but how do visa restrictions impact growth?

Ireland to end Double Irish tax scheme in 2020
Foreign companies looking to take advantage of Irish corporate tax laws will be unable to do so from the start of 2015, with the total phase out of the loophole to arrive in 2020.

Korea suffers over 106 million privacy breaches in 4 years
South Korea, one of the most wired countries in the world, has suffered over 106 million leaks of personal information by the negligence of private companies in the last four years, reports ZDNet Korea's Cho Mu-hyun.