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  1. Many Malaysians may have noticed an uptick of marketing and scam calls in recent years where the caller even have your personal details such as MyKad number. This came as no surprise when the personal data of most mobile phone users were leaked from the very system contracted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to protect such users in 2017. The government has since ended its contract with the contractor, Nuemera (M) Sdn Bhd, and criminal investigations on the matter were handed over to the Attorney-General's Chambers. This was confirmed in a written reply from the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil (above) today. Fahmi had asked how was it possible that Nuemera, which was contracted to manage MCMC's Public Cellular Blocking Service (PCBS), could fail to protect the personal data of 46.2 million mobile phone accounts leading to the leak and what actions have been taken against the company. The PCBS, launched in February 2014, was an initiative by the MCMC to provide a service that allowed stolen phones to be blocked from making calls, texting or accessing the Internet - even if the sim card is changed. For this purpose, the Malaysian Central Equipment Identity Register (MCEIR) was created, which is a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, a unique serial that can identify every mobile phone in the country. All major telcos in the country had surrendered the IMEI number as well as other personal data, such as names, mobile phone number, home address and MyKad number for the system. The written reply was scarce on details of how the leak happened but said action has been taken against Nuemera following an investigation by the MCMC, Personal Data Protection Department (JPDP) and police. "Following the investigation, on Jan 26, 2018, MCMC had suspended Nuemera's appointment as it was found that the company breached basic provisions in the contract between MCMC and Nuemera. "On May 21, 2018, MCMC issued a notice to Nuemera informing of MCMC's decision not to renew the PCBS agreement for another five years as provided as an option in the contract agreement," it said. On the criminal investigation front, the ministry said JPDP had investigated the matter under Section 9 of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010. Section 9 states that "A data user shall, when processing personal data, take practical steps to protect the personal data from any loss, misuse, modification, unauthorised or accidental access or disclosure, alteration or destruction...". The ministry said the matter was also investigated under Section 130 of the same act which concerns the unlawful collection of personal data as well as Section 4 of the Computer Crimes 1997 which concerns unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of a further offence. "The investigation papers have been completed and was sent to the Attorney-General's Chambers for action," it said. In November 2017, Malaysiakini reviewed the leaked data and found evidence that it was linked to the PCBS under the MCMC which outsources it to Nuemera. Source: Putrajaya ends contract with firm over one of country's largest data leak (via Malaysiakini)
  2. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) confiscated 58 uncertified communication devices in a series of raids around the country. In a statement, it said the haul was the result of a joint-operation with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), with raids in 12 locations in Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Perak and Pulau Pinang between July and October. In a press statement, MCMC stated the seized devices include antennas, signal boosters and repeaters, wireless TV transmitters, AV transmitters, Android TV boxes, walkie talkies and RF repeaters. The cases are being investigated under Rule 16 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulations 2000, which carries a jail term of up to six months, a fine of up to RM100,000, or both. MCMC said it is taking a hardline against the possession and sale of uncertified communication devices, having tackled 19 cases involving 66 charges up to September this year, issuing RM432,000 in fines in total. This is up from RM55,500 in fines from 10 cases involving 15 charges for the entire of last year. “Efforts to crackdown on the use or sales of uncertified communication devices will be ramped up by the MCMC. This means more people involved with these devices will be facing justice, ” it stated. The regulatory body encouraged members of the public to report such activities to the authorities and to only buy communication devices that display the MCMC label. Consumers can use the Check Your Label app on Google Play or Apple App Store to verify if their device is certified. Source: MCMC seizes 58 uncertified communication devices in latest crackdown (via The Star Online)
  3. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued a warning to all Android TV box suppliers not to misuse the SIRIM and MCMC labels. It emphasised that certification for such media boxes does not cover applications that permit illegal streaming of copyright content. The certification issued by SIRIM as well as the MCMC label is to ensure that the devices’ WiFi and Bluetooth module complies with the technical standards that have been enforced by the MCMC. According to the MCMC, they will take stern action against suppliers and sellers that misuse the certification labels by giving a false impression that Android TV boxes with pre-loaded illegal streaming apps are being endorsed by SIRIM and the MCMC. It added that they won’t compromise if any parties were found to misuse the MCMC label. The commission will exercise its right to revoke the certification for Android TV boxes and they will recall all boxes that have been sold and circulated in the market if a violation is found. The general public is urged to be wary of sales of Android TV boxes that come with preloaded apps which allow illegal streaming as it is an offence under the law. You can also check if a device is certified by using the “Check Your Label” app or via SIRIM’s portal. Between October 2018 to January 2020, the MCMC has issued a total of RM67,000 worth of compounds for four violations for the purchase and sales of uncertified Android TV boxes. There are also 7 cases that have been charged in court with total fines amounting to RM194,500 for the same period. Source: MCMC warns certified Android TV box suppliers not offer illegal streaming (via SoyaCincau)
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