Global Dispatches

Australia Renews Push for Privacy

SYDNEY -- Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis last week renewed her call that organizations be required to report all data security breaches to her office.

In a 786-page submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission, which conducts independent reviews of Australian laws, Curtis said the country needs to enact such laws to force organizations to secure their data.

"While reporting would need to be proportional to the severity of the breach, it would provide companies with a strong incentive to adequately secure their databases," Curtis said.

Curtis said the health care and credit-reporting industries should be subject to the most stringent security mandates.

The report also recommended that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner be granted audit power that would allow it, in specific circumstances, to conduct privacy assessments of private-sector organizations.

Sandra Rossi, Computerworld Australia

Nokia Plans to Buy Open-Source Firm

ESPOO, Finland -- Nokia Corp. has agreed to buy Trolltech ASA, an Oslo-based provider of open-source development tools, for 844 million Norwegian kroner ($155 million U.S.) in cash.

Nokia said the acquisition will boost its software business. The telecommunications company, which is based in Espoo, also said that it plans to use Trolltech's expertise to improve the interfaces on its S40 mobile phone and S60 smart phone systems.

The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.

Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

European Union regulators late last month agreed to approve IBM's $5 billion (U.S.) acquisition of business intelligence software vendor Cognos Inc. because it "would not give rise to competition concerns."

Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

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