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Apple Pay: an Introduction

One of the most exciting elements of the Apple iPhone 6 launch in September was the announcement by Apple of the Apple Pay feature. Apple Pay is a near field communication (NFC) based mobile payment system that comes pre-installed on the iPhone 6. NFC technology involves a short-range, low power wireless link evolved from radio-frequency identification technology that can transfer small amounts of data between two devices held a few centimetres from each other. It is the same technology that is behind the ‘tap and pay’ debit cards that have been rolled out by Irish banks in the last number of years.

While Apple Pay was launched with the iPhone 6 in the US, it has not yet been rolled out in Europe with rumours predicting an Apple Pay European launch in 2015.

It is clear that Apple Pay has the potential to be a ground breaking technology that may change the way that consumers use their phones and, indeed, how consumers pay for goods and services.Continue Reading Apple Pay – Challenges and Solutions

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Domino’s Pizza has suffered a security breach by a group of online professional hackers who accessed the online databases and servers of Domino’s Pizza customers in France and Belgium. The hackers claim to have downloaded over 600,000 customer’s records (592,000 relating to French customers and 58,000 relating to Belgian customers) which include names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, delivery instructions and even favourite toppings.

In an unusual twist the hackers demanded a payment of €30,000 to be paid directly to them in exchange for the stolen information failing which they would publish the personal data online. The hackers posted further information and threats on a Twitter account that has since been suspended. Domino’s France released a statement on Twitter saying that although its data is encrypted, it has fallen victim to "professionals" who were able to "decode the cryptographic system for the passwords".Continue Reading Domino’s Pizza Data Exposure

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC (Directive) is invalid.

The Irish High Court (in Digital Rights Ireland Ltd v Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources & Ors C-293/12) and the Austrian Constitutional Court (in Kärntner Landesregierung, Michael Seitlinger, Christof Tschohl and others, C 594/12), asked the CJEU to examine the validity of the Directive.Continue Reading CJEU rules that the Data Retention Directive is invalid