Governments make their move

Governments worldwide concentrated on mooting policies that focused strongly on security issues including antispam and privacy bills, and initiatives that boost economic and industry development.

Governments worldwide have been keeping busy in 2005, pushing out new policies and legislation that concentrated around security protection, privacy and open source. Some have joined hands in support of efforts to drive cross-border initiatives.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), for example, recently endorsed a privacy framework to boost the security of information networks across the region, as well as to protect consumers, businesses and governments from fraud.

Twelve communications and Internet agencies across the Asia-Pacific also agreed to cooperate in their battle against spam. China in July also joined a global pact to clamp down on the spam problem.

Several nations passed laws and enacted policies that addressed various security issues including consumer protection against financial fraud, identity theft, and the mounting cyber threats in Malaysia.

Other governments concentrated on policies that help drive further economic and industry development in their respective countries such as India's move to ease some of the conditions that govern business process outsourcing, Malaysia's new biotech initiative, and Singapore's move to deregulate its IP telephony market.

M'sia policy calls for joint security efforts
Collaboration between public and private sectors is needed to protect Malaysia's critical information systems against growing online threats, says a senior official.
Thursday, November 25, 2005

India's new rules to boost domestic BPO market
Business process outsourcing vendors will benefit from relaxed rules on use of call centers in India.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005

APEC ministers approve privacy framework
The framework creates common privacy principles to boost ongoing efforts to increase cross-border trade and grow e-commerce.
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Mass. bill endangers OpenDocument decision
Senate bill proposes creation of task force to approve state technical policy, calling into question OpenDocument decision.
Friday, November 04, 2005

Passports to get RFID chip implants
The U.S. State Department says tiny tracking chips will be put in passports starting next year, despite concerns over privacy.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Call for M'sia govt to rethink open source policy
Industry bodies voice concerns that the government's tender process for software purchases may unfairly exclude proprietary software.
Thursday, September 29, 2005

China signs up to anti-spam pact
China has finally signed up to a global crackdown on spam, adding the most important name to an international accord and leading legislators to hail the agreement as a vital milestone.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005

S'pore opens up IP telephony market
The government wants to increase competition and reduce communications costs, but industry players say the new policy will more likely result in better customer service.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Asian countries join hands against spam
Regulators and computer associations across the region have signed a pact to step up the war against spam.
Thursday, April 28, 2005

Malaysia unveils national biotech policy
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today unveiled a new government agency tasked to develop the country's up-and-coming biotechnology industry.
Thursday, April 28, 2005

U.S. banks ordered to tell customers about breaches
If it's "reasonably possible" that customer data will be misused as the result of a breach, a bank must act, four U.S. agencies say.
Monday, March 28, 2005