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Cyberspy agency says networks are protected as U.S issues Huawei warning





Government and cyber security officials are insisting that Canada already has restrictions in place to protect sensitive information after a top Trump official warned that the U.S. won’t share information with countries that use Huawei in their systems.

During an interview with Fox Business Network Thursday morning, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that, for security reasons, his country would not partner with or share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. systems in their critical infrastructure.

Responding to a question about working with its European allies and the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group — of which Canada is a member — Pompeo said the U.S. is “not going to put American information at risk.”

“If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them, we won’t be able to work alongside them,” the high-ranking U.S. official said.

“Over the past months, we’ve been out around the world just making sure everybody had the same information, that countries understand the risk of putting this Huawei technology into their IT systems.”

The United States has argued that Huawei could be compelled by the Chinese government to use back doors in its technology to spy on its users. The U.S., Australia and New Zealand, all Five Eyes members, have banned Huawei technology from their in-development 5G networks — high-speed mobile communications networks designed to support the next generation of wireless devices. The United States has been lobbying Five Eyes partners and telecommunications firms in allied countries to shun Huawei equipment.

When asked about Pompeo’s comments, spokespeople for both Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Canada’s cyberspy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), pointed to the CSE’s security review program, which specifically names Huawei.

CSE has had a security review program since 2013. Its job is to block cybersecurity threats to Canada’s existing 3G and 4G networks and protect technology and networks dealing with “health, safety, security, or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government.”

CSE has excluded Huawei from what the intelligence agency’s website calls “sensitive areas of Canadian networks” and tests suppliers’ equipment in third-party laboratories.

“While we can’t directly address the comments made by the United States secretary of state, the government of Canada’s security and intelligence agencies have a strong working relationship with our Five Eyes security and intelligence partners,” Ryan Foreman, a spokesperson for the CSE, wrote in an email.

Scott Bardsley, a spokesperson for Goodale, said it’s important to note that Pompeo’s comments referred to “critical information systems.”

“While we cannot comment on specific companies, the government is committed to ensuring that our networks are kept safe for Canadians,” he said.

“We have discussed issues about supply chain security with respect to a whole range of technologies in the context of the Five Eyes and the G7. We’re careful to ensure that input is taken into account.”

5G review in progress 

However, neither the government nor the CSE would address what Pompeo’s comments mean for emerging 5G technologies.

The Trudeau government is studying the security implications of allowing Huawei to help develop the next generation of mobile infrastructure in Canada, which promises to be 10 to 20 times faster than current wireless connections and is designed to serve medical devices, self-driving cars and other connected technology.

There is no word yet on when that review will be done.

Despite the headline-making comments from Pompeo, Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who chairs the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations, said he sees no need to rush that review.

“There’s no reason to panic here,” he said Thursday from Washington. “You don’t hurry up something that needs to be done in the proper manner.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. would not be able to share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies Co Ltd systems for security reasons. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump managed to confuse the issue Thursday by sending a series of tweets that appeared to take a softer stance on Huawei than Pompeo did, while calling on the U.S. to acquire “6G” technology — which doesn’t exist.

“I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies,” Trump wrote.

Huawei is also battling British security concerns about its equipment.

Last year, the U.K. government issued a report which found technical and supply-chain problems with Huawei’s equipment exposed national telecom networks to new security risks.

On Thursday, a senior Huawei executive said the company will present a plan to address those concerns.

Earlier this week, National Cyber Security Centre CEO Ciaran Martin (head of the U.K. equivalent of the CSE) told a crowd in Brussels that he’s looking for “clear evidence” of security threats while calling for “sustainable diversity” in the telecommunications equipment supplier market.

“We will monitor and report on progress and we will not declare the problems are on the path to being solved unless and until there is clear evidence that this is the case,” he said.

“We will not compromise on the improvements we need to see from Huawei.”


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Wedding attack and tech: How OpenText’s investigations service beats the traditional approach





At its heart, an investigation is a hunt for relevant facts in order to tell a story — a story that drives strategies for organizations, including law firms.

Tracy Drynan, head of OpenText Recon Investigations — a seamless end-to-end service that helps companies and law firms find evidence for all types of investigations including internal investigations, litigation assessments, compliance and regulatory investigations, c-suite vetting and more — says these stories are a more powerful tool than most people think.

The team led by Drynan arms both in-house and external counsel with the information needed to guide their corporate and outside lawyers with the information needed to guide their clients: an investigation empowers them. What differentiates OpenText Recon is the speed with which the team utilizes specialized tools and workflows to efficiently locate evidence. This approach gains insights into patterns, gaps and relationships in a fraction of the cost of a traditional eDiscovery review, and more quickly gathers the relevant facts to create that critical story.

“Whether it be litigation or a regulatory investigation or an internal audit, often time is of the essence,” Drynan says. “Being able to make decisions that affect your bottom line, your liability, your risks which ultimately challenge your resources, even public opinion, is critical.”

Too often, an archaic model is applied to investigations — one derived when we still existed in a paper society — that analyzes all available information but doesn’t actively hunt for relevant facts, and that produces a disconnect. An efficient model does not need to analyze every piece of information.

“It’s flawed for this reason,” Drynan says. “When you review a set of information, even when you apply advanced analytics and information retrieval science, it is still at the end bucketed for a team to analyze it contiguously. In a way, we are still following the pre-electronic paradigm — we are reviewing almost paper documents one by one, and that unfortunately is handicapping both the talent and the technology in the hunt for the facts.”

While lawyers may make a living hunting facts and building narratives, Drynan would argue their approach could be improved and points out that many of the companies hired by firms to help out during an investigation still apply that outdated model. OpenText Recon breaks that pattern and approaches the hunt differently — they don’t compartmentalize anything, which means the team can identify patterns more easily. Those patterns become the clues, which become the facts, that become the story that allow lawyers to make those critical decisions. The result is not a stack of documents, but a more nuanced report outlining the important facts to analyze.

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Canada takes aim at Netflix, Airbnb in $6.5B big-tech tax plan





Canada’s federal government is planning to force foreign-based technology firms such as Netflix Inc. and Airbnb Inc. to charge their users a sales tax in a move aimed at boosting the government’s coffers by as much as $6.5 billion over the next five years. 

The new taxation plans, outlined in the government’s Fall Economic Statement, attempt to level the playing field between Canadian companies and foreign-based digital corporations that were largely exempt from paying federal sales taxes. Some provinces — such as Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Quebec — introduced taxes on streaming services like Netflix earlier this year. 

The government announced Monday that any foreign-based company selling digital products or services to consumers in Canada will be required to collect and remit the Goods and Services Tax or Harmonized Sales Tax. The new tax changes are proposed to begin on July 1, 2021. 

“Canadians want a tax system that is fair, where everyone pays their fair share, so the government has the resources it needs to invest in people and keep our economy strong. That is why we are moving ahead with implementing GST/HST on multinational digital giants and limiting stock option deductions in the largest companies,” said Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, in prepared remarks. 

“And Canada will act unilaterally, if necessary … to apply a tax on large multinational digital corporations, so they pay their fair share just like any other company operating in Canada.”

Those taxes will include any sales on products or services made through digital marketplace platforms, sales to Canadians of goods that are located in Canadian fulfillment warehouses, as well as any companies whose platforms help to facilitate short-term rental accommodations in Canada. 

However, the new taxation moves wouldn’t see streaming services such as Netflix, Inc.’s Prime Video, Walt Disney Co.’s Disney+, and Spotify Technology SA meet certain Canadian-content requirements, something the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission​ recommended be adopted rather than introduce new tax measures in a wide-ranging report released earlier this year. 

The CRTC estimates that those streaming services record annual revenue of roughly $5 billion, according to its most recent financial data. The federal broadcast regulator said in January that Ottawa should require foreign streaming services to invest in local programming rather than “digital taxes” that would likely get passed down to consumers. 

“It is more appropriate to establish a regime that requires such online streaming services that benefit from operating in Canada to invest in Canadian programming that they believe will attract and appeal to Canadians,” the report said. 

Ottawa will also consider new corporate-level taxes for foreign-owned digital corporations and is working with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to develop a framework it expects to provide further details on in the next budget. It expects the new measure will result in $3.4 billion in new tax revenue over the next five years once it is introduced sometime in 2022. 

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RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. RevoluPAY To Pursue Dubai Financial Services Authority PSP License





VANCOUVER, British Columbia(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. (TSX-V: REVO), (Frankfurt: IJA2) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has dispatched Company advisor Erik A. Lara Riveros to pursue the petition of a Payment Service Provider (“PSP”) Money Service Business License in the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) from the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

Corporate Rational For a PSP License in Dubai

In May 2020, RevoluPAY was granted the European PSD2 license. In September, RevoluPAY received Pan-European passporting approval to operate in 27 E.U. countries. The Company has further expanded its international open banking reach through definitive agreements (“DA”) with BBVA, Flutterwave, and Thunes. Additionally, via direct PSD2 SEPA passporting, the Company added sixty-eight countries and territories to its financial operations roster. In November, the Company submitted petitions for both the analogous United States MSB licenses and the Canadian FINTRAC license. The MEASA region of the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia is a significant financial hub that necessitates exposure for both financial operations and a strategic base for the region’s operations. The Company considers the DIFC an excellent regional hub, having introduced robust legislation for payment services providers (“PSP”) like RevoluPAY.

Furthermore, DIFC conveniently fills the timezone gap for a global financial center between London and New York’s leading financial centers in the West and Hong Kong and Tokyo in the East. Company advisor Erik A. Lara Riveros is duly accredited with the Dubai Financial Services Authority, which should aid the Company’s plans to obtain the Dubai PSP license and establish a corporate financial hub in the region. The Company has diligently prepared all required documentation, and Mr. Lara Riveros arrives in Dubai on the 4th of December 2020 to initiate the license petition process. The global operations of RevoluPAY expect to benefit from the multi timezone capability garnered from a supplementary and PSP licensed subsidiary domiciled in the MEASA region.

License Sought in Dubai

The Company intends to pursue the Category 3D license, which covers the following activities, “Providing or Operating a Payment Account, executing Payment Transactions or Issuing Payment Instruments, including creating and maintaining accounts for executing payment transactions, issuance of personalized sets of procedures agreed upon by the users and the provider, for initiation or execution of payment instructions.”

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