Pchome in privacy breach
Web portal PChome Online Inc (網絡家庭) apologized yesterday for an unintentional release of its members’ private photograph albums via smartphones. The company said it fixed the glitch immediately after it was informed of the problem the previous day. It said the breach of data was due to a “failure to simultaneously upgrade its software for smartphones.” Among its 14 million mostly Taiwanese members, about 1 million had online photograph albums, PChome said, but it declined to say exactly how many users were affected by the breach or whether they would be compensated. The incident was first reported by the Chinese-language Apple Daily, which said a reader had complained of a breach of privacy on the PChome Web site via a smartphone.
Firms call for subsidies
Vehicle manufacturers and vendors yesterday called on the government to offer subsidies or reduce taxes for people seeking to replace their old cars or motorcycles, as over half of the nation’s cars are a decade old. More than 52 percent of the nation’s 7.37 million cars are more than 10 years old, the Taiwan Transportation Vehicle Manufacturers Association (台灣車輛公會) said. Of those, more than 2 million vehicles are at least 15 years old. Switching to newer models would boost environmental protection efforts, road safety and even industrial development, the association said.