Wednesday, 15 August 2018

ALIV Talks Telecommunications Data Protection

Nassau, The Bahamas – Believing in innovative technology and educational advancement in technology, ALIV participated in a Data Protection Roundtable put on by The Office of The Data Protection Commission (DPC) at Melia Nassau Beach under the theme “Data Protection in A Modern Society” on Wednesday, May 16.

According to the government’s website, “The DPC is committed to carrying out its functions by: Acting with independence, impartiality and integrity in carrying out its role as privacy “Ombudsman” and its mission is to protect and promote the privacy rights of individuals.” ALIV being in the arena of protecting subscribers’ data on its network saw it fit to join the conversation.

Chief ALIV Solutions Architect Dwayne Davis presented on topics including but not limited to Information Governance Framework, Key Steps to Compliance, the pros and cons of geo positioning on social networks and Personal Data Protection on the ALIV Network.

“One of the key things that I’d like to note and share with you is the many ways in which you can protect your data and one of them many of you are concerned about is via telecommunications,” he said. “I can say without a doubt that one of the most secure methods to protect your data is via a secure cellphone network because it’s totally encrypted from end to end.”

Mr. Davis further stressed to attendees the realities of device hacking and the major role human error plays.

“IOT is a major topic nowadays and what this means is taking cellphone technology and allowing you to use WIFI. Once you are using the LTE network we can guarantee with a 99% surety that your data transmission is protected,” he said. “Now when it comes to apps, believe it or not the apps are not the devil, it’s what the user does with it. Facebook knows where you are much better than ALIV because when you “check-in” that’s geo positioning, they know exactly where you are, our towers can only render an approximate area. The police can find out more about you logging into your Facebook or WhatsApp.”

Mr. Davis took it a step further by explaining the role the Spy Bill plays as it relates to ALIV’s network, noting that call logs and data generated are protected the same way banks hold account information and balances.

“There is nothing in The Bahamas that permits a member of The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to walk in our office and say give me so and so’s data, it doesn’t work like that,” he said. “It has to be from the Commissioner of Police himself, via the court. The court will then send it to our legal department and then I can render whatever report they need. That’s very important to note.”

Mr. Davis cautioned attendees as well about the way in which they protect their devices such as simple passwords, leaving devices open and connecting their devices to unsecure networks.

Other speakers at Wednesday morning’s Roundtable included Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) K. Peter Turnquest and DPC Commissioner Michael Wright who said the seminar and its theme is timely for several reasons.

“I think having an information session at this time proves to be worthwhile simply because of what’s taking place even outside of our jurisdiction,” he said. “It is important that we continue to raise the awareness and enhance the education so that the more that are aware of the challenges that we face with data protection, the better we are in protecting our own personal information.”

At the end of the session two lucky attendees walked away with brand new devices courtesy of ALIV.

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