In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised – and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks.

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk inside a subway station near a Chinese national flag, on the day of the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), in Beijing, China May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

The legislation is part of China’s first civil code, a sweeping package of laws that is being deliberated during the annual meeting of parliament, which began on Friday after a delay of more than two months due to the coronavirus.

According to a recent draft, an individual has a right to privacy and to have their personal information protected.


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Smartphone data shows America’s cautious comeback

(Reuters) – Data from millions of mobile phones shows varying behavior across the United States in May as people responded to the loosening of stay-at-home orders, a Reuters analysis shows.

Parking lots stand empty at the King of Prussia Mall which remains closed due to the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania U.S., May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Americans returned to parks, restaurants and gas stations first. In most of the country, though, people continued to stay away from bars, fitness centers and religious institutions, which remain closed in many areas, according to the analysis of anonymized smartphone data from SafeGraph.

Visits to elementary and secondary schools and colleges were down nearly 80% compared to early March. But grocery and speciality food stores, where visits increased by 17% during peak panic buying in mid-March, had another, albeit smaller, bump in May as stay-at-home restrictions

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Indonesia probes breach of data on more than two million voters

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s election commission is investigating the release of 2.3 million voters’ private information on a hacker website along with a threat to release of the data of about 200 million people, the agency said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

The electoral data from the world’s fourth most-populous nation was posted anonymously on the hacking forum raidforums on Wednesday and analysts said it could be used for identity theft and fraud.

The General Election Commission (KPU) confirmed the authenticity of the data, such as home addresses and national identification numbers, and said it was working to determine the source. It confirmed some of the data dated back to 2013.

“The KPU has been working since last night to look into that,” Viryan Aziz, one

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Nvidia forecasts sales above estimates, powered by data center results

FILE PHOTO: The nVIDIA booth is shown at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 13, 2017. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

(Reuters) – Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) on Thursday forecast second-quarter revenue above analysts’ estimates, as demand surges for its chips used in the data centers that power the shift to working remotely because of the new coronavirus outbreak.

The company said the forecast includes a contribution from its $6.9 billion purchase of Israeli chip firm Mellanox Technologies Ltd, which strengthened its data center business.

The chipmaker said it expects current quarter revenue of $3.65 billion, plus or minus 2%, while analysts on average were expecting $3.29 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Shares rose 0.4% in after-hours trading after the results were announced.

Much like rivals Intel Corp (INTC.O) and Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.O), Nvidia recorded a jump

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